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.

Origin of polychromy

First recorded in 1855–60; polychrome + -y3

Related forms

pol·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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