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Sep 25, 2013
This week's theme
Words about words

This week's words
shibboleth
hypocorism
polysemous
lapsus linguae
paregmenon

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polysemous

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-LIS-i-muhs, pol-ee-SEE-muhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Having multiple meanings.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos, from poly- (many) + sema (sign). Earliest documented use: 1884.

USAGE:
"The polysemous ancient Greek word pharmakon strangely captures all of these apparently contradictory senses and meanings."
Stephen Morris; Revealing the Pharmacon; Catholic New Times; Nov 21, 2004.

See more usage examples of polysemous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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