poly·​mor·​phous | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈmȯr-fəs How to pronounce polymorphous (audio) \

Definition of polymorphous

: having, assuming, or occurring in various forms, characters, or styles : polymorphic a polymorphous rash polymorphous sexuality

Other Words from polymorphous

polymorphously adverb

Examples of polymorphous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Viewed today, the show’s quirky communitarianism — its idea of America as a polymorphous, all-welcoming dance party — feels like both celebration and requiem for the irreplaceable delight dancing together on a stage. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 Generally left-leaning people whose politics were either amorphous or polymorphous appropriated the adjective, too. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2020 What connects all these disparate endeavors is Johnson’s polymorphous curiosity about the world. Michael Hardy, Wired, 19 Jan. 2020 There is an abundance of cheese and wine, but there are also shelves full of films on DVD, many of which tap into the polymorphous mythology that Mallmann likes to feast on: 81∕2, Like Water for Chocolate, Blue Velvet, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. João Canziani, Esquire, 22 Jan. 2018 Mr. Shear follows the tradition of intuitive, stylistically polymorphous abstract painters like Raoul De Keyser and René Daniëls, but connects more directly with the canvas. Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of polymorphous

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymorphous

Greek polymorphos, from poly- + -morphos -morphous

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“Polymorphous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymorphous. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of polymorphous

: having or occurring in many different forms, styles, or stages of development


poly·​mor·​phous | \ -ˈmȯr-fəs How to pronounce polymorphous (audio) \

Medical Definition of polymorphous

: having, assuming, or occurring in various forms : polymorphic polymorphous skin rashes

Other Words from polymorphous

polymorphously adverb


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