polysynthetic


polysynthetic
/pol'ee sin thet"ik/, adj.
1. (of a language) characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of affixes to express syntactic relationships and meanings. Many American Indian languages are polysynthetic. Cf. analytic (def. 3), synthetic (def. 3).
2. of or pertaining to polysynthesism.
Also, polysynthetical.
[1795-1805; < LGk polysýnthet(os) much compounded + -IC. See POLY-, SYNTHETIC]

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  • Polysynthetic twinning — Twinning Twin ning, n. (Crystallog.) The assemblage of two or more crystals, or parts of crystals, in reversed position with reference to each other in accordance with some definite law; also, rarely, in artificial twinning (accomplished for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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