polymorphous definition

  • adjective:
    • Having, or assuming, a number of types, characters, or styles; as, a polymorphous author.
    • Having, or occurring in, a number of distinct kinds; -- in opposition to monomorphic.
    • Crystallizing in 2 or even more variations; polymorphic
    • Having, or assuming, multiple forms, characters, or styles.
    • Having, or happening in, several distinct kinds; -- against monomorphic.
    • concerning the crystallization of a compound in 2 or higher different forms
    • having or happening in several distinct forms
    • relating to the incident of greater than one type of individual (independent of intimate variations) in an interbreeding population
  • others:
    • Having or exhibiting numerous forms; described as polymorphism; perhaps not isomorphous or monomorphous.
    • particularly, in zoology: Undergoing a series of marked modifications during development, as most bugs.
    • differing much in features, kind, or framework in identical species or team.
    • In botany, same as repayments
    • In songs, noting a contrapuntal structure, as a canon or a fugue, where motifs tend to be or could be addressed in several ways, as by augmentation, diminution, inversion, etc. Also polymorphic.

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