polyrhythm

[ pol-ee-rith-uh m ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌrɪð əm /

noun Music.

the simultaneous occurrence of sharply contrasting rhythms within a composition.

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 (1 of 2)

polyrhythmic

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈrɪðmɪk) /

adjective

music of or relating to polyrhythm; characterized by different rhythms

British Dictionary definitions for polyrhythmic (2 of 2)

polyrhythm

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌrɪðəm) /

noun

music a style of composition in which each part exhibits different rhythms
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