poly·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌpä-lē-krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio) \

Definition of polychromatic

1 : showing a variety or a change of colors : multicolored
2 : being or relating to radiation that is composed of more than one wavelength

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Recent Examples on the Web The show fills in all the blanks and takes place in a polychromatic 1948 that suggests the Technicolor melodramas of Douglas Sirk. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Ratched ratchets up the crazy and goes off the deep end: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 Known as la fioritura, this annual flowering creates a stunning polychromatic visual across the plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Umbria region of the country. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Italian City Just Hit Peak Blooming Season and the Photos Are Gorgeous," 14 July 2020 The seemingly polychromatic image is actually black-and-white, overlaid with a thin multicolored grid. Stephen Macknik, Scientific American, "Chasing Rainbows," 12 Nov. 2019 The last feature recalls Burle Marx’s most visible achievement — nearly three miles of mosaic paving along Rio’s Copacabana Beach that echoes the polychromatic arabesques of his paintings. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 The June edition was staged in a rowhouse in Columbia Heights, where, about 2 a.m., TrillaKay was spinning polychromatic Rico Nasty tunes while the venturesome rap duo Model Home was gearing up for a set of improvised turbulence. 4 p.m. $9-$10. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 1 July 2019 To subtly invigorate the room’s neutral palette and satisfy the husband’s thirst for polychromatic moments, Mr. McCarthy hung the walls with unlethargic art. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "A Living Room for People Who Love Neutrals—but Hate Dullness," 21 June 2018 The Mono Mania Mexico collection, created by Limonta for the Italian design company Moroso, also embraces the polychromatic splendor of Otomi embroidery from the south of Mexico. New York Times, "Where Is Design Going?," 2 May 2018 The Enquirer/Meg Vogel Numbers released Monday by Metro indicate Blink Cincinnati caused a significant spike in ridership on the Cincinnati Bell Connector, as visitors used the streetcar to move from one polychromatic scene to another. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Streetcar ridership during Blink festivities more than double the typical numbers," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of polychromatic

circa 1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polychromatic

Greek polychrōmatos, from poly- + chrōmat-, chrōma color — more at chromatic

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The first known use of polychromatic was circa 1841

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“Polychromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychromatic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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poly·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ -krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of polychromatic

1 : showing a variety or a change of colors
2 of a cell or tissue : exhibiting polychromatophilia

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