Dictionary
 
polysemy |ˈpäliˌsemē|
noun Linguistics
the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase.
DERIVATIVES
polysemic |ˌpäliˈsēmik| |ˈpɑliˈsimɪk| |-ˈsiːmɪk| adjective
polysemous |ˌpäliˈsēməs| |ˈˈpɑliˈˈsiməs| |ˈˈpɑləˈˈsiməs| |-ˈsiːməs| adjective
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from poly- [many] + Greek sēma ‘sign.’

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