polysemy [pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee]
1. diversity of meanings.
Origin: 1895-1900; < New Latin polysēmia, equivalent to Late Latin polysēm (us) with many significations (< Greek polýsēmos, equivalent to poly- poly- + sêm (a) sign + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -y
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