polymorphous

polymorphous
/pol'ee mawr"feuhs/, adj.
1. having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.
2. polymorphic.
[1775-85; < Gk polýmorphos multiform. See POLY-, -MORPHOUS]

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