polymorphous

[pol-ee-mawr-fuh s]

adjective

having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.

Origin of polymorphous

First recorded in 1775–85, polymorphous is from the Greek word polýmorphos multiform. See poly-, -morphous
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polymorphous

polymorphic

adjective

having, taking, or passing through many different forms or stages
(of a substance) exhibiting polymorphism
(of an animal or plant) displaying or undergoing polymorphism
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Word Origin and History for polymorphous
adj.

1785, from Greek polymorphos "multiform, of many forms, manifold," from poly- "many" (see poly-) + morphe "shape, form" (see Morpheus). Related: Polymorphic; polymorphously; polymorphousness.

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