polysemous, adj.
/pol"ee see'mee, peuh lis"euh mee/, n.
diversity of meanings.
[1895-1900; < NL polysemia, equiv. to LL polysem(us) with many significations ( < Gk polýsemos, equiv. to poly- POLY- + sêm(a) sign + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -Y3]

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