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polytomy

[puh-lit-uh-mee]
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noun, plural po·lyt·o·mies.
  1. the act or process of dividing into more than three parts.
  2. the state or condition of being so divided.
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Origin of polytomy

First recorded in 1860–65; poly- + -tomy
Related formspo·lyt·o·mous, adjective
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