polysyllabic

[ pol-ee-si-lab-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk /
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adjective

consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word.
characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc.
Sometimes pol·y·syl·lab·i·cal.

Origin of polysyllabic

1650–60; < Medieval Latin polysyllab(us) of many syllables (< Greek polysýllabos) + -ic. See poly-, syllabic
Related formspol·y·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·pol·y·syl·lab·ic, adjectivehy·per·pol·y·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for polysyllabic

polysyllabic

/ (ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk) /

adjective

consisting of more than two syllables
Derived Formspolysyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for polysyllabic

polysyllabic


adj.

1650s (implied in polysyllabical), from Medieval Latin polysyllabicus, from Greek polysyllabikos; see poly- + syllabic.

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