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poly- +‎ -morph


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polymorph ‎(plural polymorphs)

  1. (biology) Any organism that shows polymorphism
  2. (chemistry, geology) Any substance or mineral that forms different types of crystal

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polymorph ‎(third-person singular simple present polymorphs, present participle polymorphing, simple past and past participle polymorphed)

  1. (intransitive) To transform; to change into another form.
  2. (transitive, video games, roguelikes) To transform (an item or creature) into something different by magic.
    • 1999, "Robin Johnson", My gnomish healer has been having a rough time of it (on newsgroup rec.games.roguelike.nethack)
      I got hemmed in by the werewolf again and, in desperation, tried an experimental new wand on it; and polymorphed it into a black pudding.