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polytomy

[puh-lit-uh-mee] /pəˈlɪt ə mi/
noun, plural polytomies.
1.
the act or process of dividing into more than three parts.
2.
the state or condition of being so divided.
Origin of polytomy
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; poly- + -tomy
Related forms
polytomous, adjective
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