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polygyny the practice or state of having two or more wives at the same time.
polyhedron a solid, multifaceted figure.
polymath one who has broad knowledge or expertise in a number of distinct areas.
polymer a natural or synthetic compound, such as polyethylene or nylon, that is of high molecular weight and is composed of repeated links of simple molecules.
polymerase any of various enzymes, such as DNA polymerase and RNA polymerase, that catalyze the formation of a polynucleotide strand using an existing strand as a template.
polymeric of, pertaining to, or combined in a polymer.
polymerization the act of forming a polymer. [2 definitions]
polymerize to subject to or undergo the process of forming a polymer.
polymerous in biology, having many parts.
polymorphic see "polymorphous."
polymorphous having or passing through a variety of forms, stages, phases, or the like.
Polynesia one of the three principal Pacific island groups, east of the international date line. (Cf. Melanesia, Micronesia.)
Polynesian of or pertaining to Polynesia or its people, cultures, languages, or the like. [3 definitions]
polynomial of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms. [2 definitions]
polynucleotide a polymeric chain of nucleotides, such as DNA or RNA.
polyp an aquatic invertebrate, usu. sedentary or fixed in place, with a tubular body and a mouth surrounded by tentacles. [2 definitions]
polypeptide a condensation of amino acids that forms a protein molecule.
polypetalous bearing distinctly separate petals; not having a fused corolla.
Polyphemos in Greek mythology, the Cyclops son of Poseidon who was blinded by Odysseus. [2 definitions]
polyphemus moth (sometimes cap.) a large yellowish brown North American moth that has an eyelike spot on each hind wing.
polyphonic in music, having or consisting of many different sounds or voices.