polylectic

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From Ancient Greek πολύς (polús, much) and λέγειν (légein, to collect; to say, to speak).

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polylectic (comparative more polylectic, superlative most polylectic)

  1. (biology) Decsribes an insect (especially a bee) which collects pollen from the flowers of a variety of unrelated plants.
  2. (grammar) Describes a term consisting of more than one word.
    A polylectic term is a multi-word term, as opposed to a monolectic term which is a one-word term.

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  • OED 2006
  • (biology): Animal-behavior desk reference : a dictionary of animal behavior, ecology, and evolution, Edward M. Barrows, London:CRC Press 2001.