[pol-ee-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-]


having or exhibiting a variety of colors.

Also pol·y·chro·mic [pol-ee-kroh-mik] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ mɪk/.

Origin of polychromatic

First recorded in 1840–50; poly- + chromatic
Related formspol·y·chro·ma·tism [pol-ee-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for polychromatic

Historical Examples of polychromatic

  • The adornment, plastic and polychromatic, is strictly structural.

    Six Major Prophets

    Edwin Emery Slosson

  • The pen of Joseph on such occasions was like his predecessor's coat, polychromatic.

    The Woman-Hater

    Charles Reade

  • Bewitched as by the spinning of a polychromatic top, he could not leave the Island.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • The arch spanned the blue sky, and on the dark mountains extended the polychromatic reflection.

  • Hittorf was full of his rather excessive theories about the polychromatic architecture of the ancients.


    A. J. Finberg

British Dictionary definitions for polychromatic


polychromic (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊmɪk) or polychromous


having various or changing colours
(of light or other electromagnetic radiation) containing radiation with more than one wavelength
Derived Formspolychromatism (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm), noun
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Medicine definitions for polychromatic




Having or exhibiting many colors.
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Science definitions for polychromatic



Consisting of or related to radiation of more than one wavelength.
Of or having many colors. Compare monochromatic.
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