polyrhythm

[pol-ee-rith-uh m]

Origin of polyrhythm

First recorded in 1925–30; poly- + rhythm
Related formspol·y·rhyth·mic, adjectivepol·y·rhyth·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for polyrhythmic

polyrhythmic

adjective
  1. music of or relating to polyrhythm; characterized by different rhythms

polyrhythm

noun
  1. music a style of composition in which each part exhibits different rhythms
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Word Origin and History for polyrhythmic
adj.

1883, from poly- + rhythmic.

polyrhythm

n.

1911, probably a back formation from polyrhythmic.

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