plethora


pleth·o·ra

noun \ˈple-thə-rə\

: a very large amount or number : an amount that is much greater than what is necessary

Full Definition of PLETHORA

1
:  a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion
2
ple·tho·ric \plə-ˈthr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈple-thə-rik\ adjective

Examples of PLETHORA

  1. A plethora of books have been written on the subject.
  2. <a biology textbook that is helpfully illustrated with a plethora of excellent illustrations>
  3. There has been a plethora of plays in recent years whose claim to modernity is based on indicated rather than felt emotion. —Arthur Miller, Harper's, March 1999

Origin of PLETHORA

Medieval Latin, from Greek plēthōra, literally, fullness, from plēthein to be full — more at full
First Known Use: 1541

pleth·o·ra

noun \ˈpleth-ə-rə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PLETHORA

: a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a reddish complexion
ple·tho·ric \plə-ˈthr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈpleth-ə-rik\ adjective

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