polychromy

[ pol-ee-kroh-mee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌkroʊ mi /
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noun

the art of employing many colors in decoration, as in painting or architecture.

Nearby words

  1. polychromatophil,
  2. polychromatophilia,
  3. polychromatophilic,
  4. polychrome,
  5. polychromemia,
  6. polycistronic,
  7. polyclad,
  8. polycletus,
  9. polyclinic,
  10. polyclitus

Origin of polychromy

First recorded in 1855–60; polychrome + -y3

Related formspol·y·chro·mous, adjective

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Examples from the Web for polychromy

  • The polychromy of the Doric temple was one of the most important features of its external appearance.

    History of Ancient Art|Franz von Reber


British Dictionary definitions for polychromy

polychromy

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌkrəʊmɪ) /

noun

decoration in many colours, esp in architecture or sculpture
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