polyrhythm
noun Date: 1929 the simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in music • polyrhythmic adjectivepolyrhythmically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • polyrhythm — poly·rhythm …   English syllables

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