• Polysyllable


    - + syllable

    Full definition of polysyllable



    (plural polysyllables)
    1. A word with more than two syllables. Sometimes used in a more restricted sense.
      • For instance, words can differ in length, and we can rhyme a monosyllable with a polysyllable, like tracks with haversacks.
      • In the Phyengan dialect, wuy developed into wi but at the end of a polysyllable it often dropped the -y to become wu (ibid): Tang-nakwu = Tang-nakwi 'donkey'
      • The third syllable of provided is ed, and therefore the verb is not a polysyllable.
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