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English definition of “polysemous”

polysemous

adjective     /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.məs/ US  /ˌpɑːl.ɪˈsiː-/
A polysemous word has more than one meaning: a highly polysemous word such as 'play'Linguistic terms and linguistic style polysemy     /-mi/ noun [U] the fact of having more than one meaningLinguistic terms and linguistic style
(Definition of polysemous adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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