poly·​chrome | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌkrōm How to pronounce polychrome (audio) \

Definition of polychrome

: relating to, made with, or decorated in several colors polychrome pottery

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polychrome transitive verb
polychromy \ ˈpä-​lē-​ˌkrō-​mē How to pronounce polychrome (audio) \ noun

Examples of polychrome in a Sentence

polychrome pottery featuring designs from the American Southwest
Recent Examples on the Web Various offerings had been deposited in front of her: ceramic vessels with polychrome decorations and metal weapons. National Geographic, "This 2,400-year-old statue reveals insights into ancient Spain," 24 Nov. 2020 This week, workers finished installing glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly; red translucent spears, rippled purple windowpanes and swirled polychrome spheres are emerging from pools and waterfalls. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, "A Farewell to Flowers: Botanical Garden’s Leader Steps Down," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of polychrome

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polychrome

Greek polychrōmos, from poly- + chrōma

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The first known use of polychrome was in 1837

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4 Dec 2020

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“Polychrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychrome. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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