(comparative more polysynthetic, superlative most polysynthetic)
- (grammar) said of a language, characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of morphemes. Typically, the morphemes are bound (i.e., they cannot stand alone as independent words). An example of a polysynthetic language is Ojibwe, where:
- (mineralogy) Having layers of twin crystals
The Ancient Greek prefix poly- + synthetic, from Latin synthesis (“collection, set, composition"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ½Î¸ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (sunthesis, “composition"), from ÏƒÏ…Î½Ï„Î¯Î¸Î·Î¼Î¹ (suntithÄ“mi, “to put together, combine"), from ÏƒÏ…Î½- (sun-, “together") + Ï„Î¯Î¸Î·Î¼Î¹ (tithÄ“mi, “to put, place"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°e- (“to put, to do").