polysynthetic

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poly- +‎ synthetic

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polysynthetic (comparative more polysynthetic, superlative most polysynthetic)

  1. (grammar) said of a language, characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of morphemes. Typically, the morphemes are bound (i.e., they cannot stand alone as independent words). An example of a polysynthetic language is Ojibwe, where:
    • baataanitaaanishinaabemong = "being able to speak Ojibwe."
    • ngiinitaaozhibii'amaadimin = "we used to write to each other."
  2. (mineralogy) Having layers of twin crystals

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