polymorphous

[ pol-ee-mawr-fuh s ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈmɔr fəs /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. polymorphic reticulosis,
  2. polymorphism,
  3. polymorphocellular,
  4. polymorphonuclear,
  5. polymorphonuclear leukocyte,
  6. polymorphous perverse,
  7. polymyalgia,
  8. polymyalgia rheumatica,
  9. polymyoclonus,
  10. polymyositis

Origin of polymorphous

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

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British Dictionary definitions for polymorphous

polymorphous

polymorphic

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfəs) /

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

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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