polyhistor

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πολυί̈στωρ (poluí̈stōr, greatly learned).

Noun[edit]

polyhistor (plural polyhistors)

  1. someone gifted or learned in multiple disciplines.
  2. a universal scientist (generally in use to describe such a person when the term philosophy meant the entire summation of all scientific knowledge; i.e., generally from the ancient Greeks into the eighteenth century.)

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  • 1997, Eckhart Gillen quoting Henry Schumann, German Art from Beckmann to Richter, ISBN 978-0-300073249, page 289:
    [Carlfriedrich] Claus is an artist, though he does not like to call himself one, and a scholar. As such, he personifies the polyhistor, a species rarely found today.

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