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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortening of various words.


poly ‎(plural polys)

  1. polytechnic.
  2. polyethylene (polythene)
  3. (chiefly computer graphics) polygon
    • 2009, Andrew Paquette, Computer Graphics for Artists II: Environments and Characters
      The most common poly budget in use for games at the time of this writing is between 5,000 and 10,000 tris.
  4. (uncountable) polyester
    a cotton-poly blend
  5. (chiefly informal) polyamory
  6. (chiefly informal) A polyamorous person.


poly ‎(not comparable)

  1. (chiefly informal) polyamorous


poly ‎(third-person singular simple present polys, present participle polying, simple past and past participle polyed)

  1. (transitive, video games, roguelikes) To polymorph; to transform by magic.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin polium, the name of a plant, perhaps Teucrium polium.

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  1. A whitish woolly plant (Teucrium polium) of the order Labiatae, found throughout the Mediterranean.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The name, with various prefixes, is sometimes given to other related species of the same genus.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.




poly m, f ‎(plural polys)

  1. (slang) Abbreviation of polytechnique.
  2. (slang) Abbreviation of polyvalent.


poly m, f ‎(plural polys)

  1. (slang) Abbreviation of polytechnique. (this is itself an abbreviation of institut polytechnique or école polytechnique)
  2. (slang) Abbreviation of polyvalente. (this is itself an abbreviation of institut polyvalent or école polyvalente)