[pol-ee-mawr-fuh s]
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Origin of polymorphous

First recorded in 1775–85, polymorphous is from the Greek word polýmorphos multiform. See poly-, -morphous
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  1. having, taking, or passing through many different forms or stages
  2. (of a substance) exhibiting polymorphism
  3. (of an animal or plant) displaying or undergoing polymorphism
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Word Origin and History for polymorphous

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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