polychrome

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

Definition of polychrome

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

Other Words from polychrome

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 The idea, which was dropped, was that the sculpture would be polychrome, and the study shows the Woofus with a blue tail, a pink body, a striped red-and-yellow sash, and a white neck and face covered in small blue dots. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 The Avery-Bennett clock has a polychrome red case with bronze moldings, as well as a black dial face and bronze sunburst behind its hands. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 Various offerings had been deposited in front of her: ceramic vessels with polychrome decorations and metal weapons. National Geographic, 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, 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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“Polychrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychrome. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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