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 History of this Word

"poly" is from "polys/" (much, many) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, "poly" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"poly-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "many" modifies the meaning of the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words

Examples of how the word is used

poly- illustration But polychromic sunglasses -- glass lenses that get darker as you encounter brightness -- are the gold standard.
poly- illustration Polymers are materials comprised of long molecular chains.