polychrome

[ pol-ee-krohm ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌkroʊm /

adjective

being of many or various colors.
decorated or executed in many colors, as a statue, vase, or mural.

verb (used with object), pol·y·chromed, pol·y·chrom·ing.

to paint in many or various colors.

noun

a polychrome object or work.

Nearby words

  1. polychromasia,
  2. polychromatic,
  3. polychromatophil,
  4. polychromatophilia,
  5. polychromatophilic,
  6. polychromemia,
  7. polychromy,
  8. polycistronic,
  9. polyclad,
  10. polycletus

Origin of polychrome

1795–1805; earlier polychrom < German < Greek polýchrōmos many-colored. See poly-, -chrome

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British Dictionary definitions for polychrome

polychrome

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌkrəʊm) /

adjective

having various or changing colours; polychromatic
made with or decorated in various colours

noun

a work of art or artefact in many colours
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Word Origin and History for polychrome

polychrome

adj.

"having many colors," 1816, from French polychrome, from Latinized form of Greek polykhromos "many-colored" (see poly- + chrome). As a noun from 1800. Related: Polychromic; polychromatic; polychromate.

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