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polyphonic

[ pol-ee-fon-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈfɒn ɪk /
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adjective
consisting of many voices or sounds.
Music.
  1. having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic).
  2. pertaining to music of this kind.
  3. capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp.
Phonetics. having more than one phonetic value, as the letter s, that is voiced (z) in nose and unvoiced (s) in salt.
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Origin of polyphonic

First recorded in 1775–85; polyphone + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM polyphonic

pol·y·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for polyphonic

polyphonic
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈfɒnɪk) /

adjective
music composed of relatively independent melodic lines or parts; contrapuntal
many-voiced
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a polyphone

Derived forms of polyphonic

polyphonically, adverb
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