Polymorphous
Polymorphous Pol`y*mor"phous, a. 1. Having, or assuming, a variety of forms, characters, or styles; as, a polymorphous author. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) Having, or occurring in, several distinct forms; -- opposed to monomorphic. [1913 Webster]


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  • polymorphous — UK [ˌpɒlɪˈmɔː(r)fəs] / US [ˌpɑlɪˈmɔrfəs] or polymorphic UK [ˌpɒlɪˈmɔː(r)fɪk] / US [ˌpɑlɪˈmɔrfɪk] adjective science a polymorphous animal or plant has different forms at different stages of its development …   English dictionary

  • polymorphous — index protean Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • polymorphous — (adj.) 1785, from Gk. polymorphos, from poly (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + morphe shape (see MORPHEUS (Cf. Morpheus)). Related: Polymorphic; polymorphism …   Etymology dictionary

  • polymorphous — [pä΄i môr′fikpäl΄i môr′fəs] adj. [Gr polymorphos: see POLY & MORPH] of, having, or exhibiting polymorphism: also polymorphic [pä΄i môr′fik] polymorphously adv …   English World dictionary

  • polymorphous — adjective Etymology: Greek polymorphos, from poly + morphos morphous Date: 1785 having, assuming, or occurring in various forms, characters, or styles ; polymorphic < a polymorphous rash > < polymorphous sexuality > • polymorphously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polymorphous — adjective 1. relating to the crystallization of a compound in two or more different forms polymorphous crystallization • Syn: ↑polymorphic • Pertains to noun: ↑polymorphism (for: ↑polymorphic), ↑polymorphism …   Useful english dictionary

  • polymorphous — adjective a) Having, or assuming, a variety of forms, characters, or styles; as, a polymorphous author. b) Having, or occurring in, several distinct forms; opposed to monomorphic …   Wiktionary

  • polymorphous — SYN: polymorphic. * * * poly·mor·phous mȯr fəs adj having, assuming, or occurring in various forms: POLYMORPHIC <polymorphous skin rashes> poly·mor·phous·ly adv * * * poly·mor·phous (pol″e morґfəs) polymorphic …   Medical dictionary

  • polymorphous — pol|y|morph|ous [ ,pali mɔrfəs ] or pol|y|mor|phic [ ,pali mɔrfık ] adjective SCIENCE a polymorphous animal or plant has various forms at different stages of its development …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polymorphous — adj. [Gr. polys, many; morphe, form] Having many forms or types of structure in the same species …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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