- a condition in which a single word, phrase, or concept has more than one meaning or connotation.
Origin of polysemy
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- the existence of several meanings in a single wordCompare monosemy
C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign
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Word Origin and History for polysemous
1884, from Medieval Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos "of many sides" (see polysemy).
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