noun, plural pol·ies.
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Examples from the Web for poly
Someone has to be out about it so people can see that, yes, you can be poly and healthy and happy and in love.
Poly, the model, said it was cold, but she truly loved the idea of being naked in nature.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World|Erin Cunningham|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His 10-year- old daughter is a student at $32,000-a-year Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.
They amply fulfill my definition of politics: poly means more than one, and ticks are blood-sucking parasites.Why Democrats Should Blame Themselves for the Tea Party|Kinky Friedman|April 20, 2010|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, plastic or poly boards can be hard on knife edges.
Poly-, in compound words of Greek origin, same as multi- in those of Latin origin viz.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
He thought he had traced the deterioration to its source when he asked her if she had chucked the Poly.
And Poly, assured of followers, skipped away for the dust-cloths.Polly of the Hospital Staff|Emma C. Dowd
For some shy or unfathomable reason of his own he refused to become a Poly.
I think of a polyanthus, and I say, 'Who will first touch a poly?'Little Folks (July 1884)|Various
noun plural polys
Word Origin for poly-
word-forming element meaning "many, much, multi-, one or more," from Greek poly-, combining form of polys "much" (plural polloi); cognate with Latin plus, from PIE root *pele- (1) "to fill," with derivatives referring to multitudinousness or abundance (cf. Sanskrit purvi "much," prayah "mostly;" Avestan perena-, Old Persian paru "much;" Greek plethos "people, multitude, great number," polys "much, plenty," ploutos "wealth;" Lithuanian pilus "full, abundant;" Old Church Slavonic plunu; Gothic filu "much," Old Norse fjöl-, Old English fela, feola "much, many;" Old English folgian; Old Irish lan, Welsh llawn "full;" Old Irish il, Welsh elu "much"); probably related to root *pele- (2) "to spread."
Properly used in compounds only with words of Greek origin. In chemical names, usually indicating a compound with a large number of atoms or molecules of the same kind (cf. polymer).