- the simultaneous occurrence of sharply contrasting rhythms within a composition.
Origin of polyrhythm
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- music of or relating to polyrhythm; characterized by different rhythms
- music a style of composition in which each part exhibits different rhythms
Word Origin and History for polyrhythmic
1911, probably a back formation from polyrhythmic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper