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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From New Latin polymorphus, from Ancient Greek πολύμορφος(polúmorphos, multiform, manifold), from πολύς(polús, many, much) + μορφή(morphḗ, form, shape).


polymorphous ‎(comparative more polymorphous, superlative most polymorphous)

  1. Having, or assuming, a variety of forms, characters, or styles; as, a polymorphous author.
  2. (biology) Having, or occurring in, several distinct forms; -- opposed to monomorphic.
  3. (chemistry) Crystallizing in two or more different forms; polymorphic


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