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[pol-ip-tik] /ˈpɒl ɪp tɪk/
a work of art composed of several connected panels.
Origin of polyptych
1855-60; special use of Late Latin polyptychum < Greek polýptychon a register, roll, noun use of neuter of polýptychos having many folds. See poly-, diptych, triptych Unabridged
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  • It is difficult to think that he can be answerable for it when we compare it with the Piet over the polyptych at Perugia.

    Pintoricchio Evelyn March Phillipps
British Dictionary definitions for polyptych


an altarpiece consisting of more than three panels, set with paintings or carvings, and usually hinged for folding Compare diptych, triptych
Word Origin
C19: via Late Latin from Greek poluptuchon something folded many times, from poly- + ptuchē a fold
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