poly·​chot·​o·​mous ˌpä-lē-ˈkä-tə-məs How to pronounce polychotomous (audio)
: dividing or marked by division into many parts, branches, or classes
polychotomy noun

Word History


poly- + -chotomous (as in dichotomous)

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polychotomous was circa 1858

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“Polychotomous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychotomous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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