poly·​his·​tor ˌpä-lē-ˈhi-stər How to pronounce polyhistor (audio)
polyhistoric adjective

Word History


Greek polyistōr very learned, from poly- + istōr, histōr learned — more at history

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyhistor was in 1588

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“Polyhistor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyhistor. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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