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polyglot (POL-ee-glot) adjective
1. Conversant in many languages.
2. Composed of or having several languages. (as in a book, a population, etc.)
3. Encompassing diversity (as in culture or origin).
1. One who is competent in many languages.
2. A book having the same text in several languages.
3. A mixture or confusion of languages.
[From Greek polyglottos, from poly- (many) + glotta (tongue, language), The words gloss, glossary, and glottis are derived from the same root.]
"For decades, New York has been the province of street photographers who have sought the downtrodden, the troubled or the eccentric among the city's polyglot populace." Mary Abbe; Picture Perfect; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Jun 4, 2004.
"Valiani, the man, is a cultural polyglot. He's a Seattle-born Italian who looks like a Boston Irishman who's married to a Nebraskan he met in Los Angeles." Grand New Menu Chef Knows What Kansas Citians Like; Kansas City Star; Jun 18, 2004.
This week's theme: words to describe people.
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)
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