Polysyllabic

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Polysyllabic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    polysyllabic adj
  1. having or characterized by words of more than three syllables
  2. (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables; "sesquipedalian technical terms" [syn: sesquipedalian]
Polysyllabic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Polysyllabic \Pol`y*syl*lab"ic\, Polysyllabical \Pol`y*syl*lab"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?; poly`s many + ? syllable: cf. F. polysyllabique.] Pertaining to a polysyllable; containing, or characterized by, polysyllables; consisting of more than three syllables.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Polysyllabic'


A syllable (Greek: συλλαβή) is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word water is composed of two syllables: wa and ter. A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus (most often a vowel) with optional initial and final margins (typically, consonants).

Syllables are often considered the phonological "building blocks" of words. They can influence the rhythm of a language, its prosody, its poetic meter, its stress patterns, etc.

Syllablic writing began several hundred years before the first letters. The earliest recorded syllables are on tablets written around 2800 BC in the Sumerian city of Ur. This shift from pictograms to syllables has been called 'the most important advance in the history of writing'.

A word that consists of a single syllable (like English dog) is called a monosyllable (such a word is monosyllabic), while a word consisting of two syllables (like puppy) is called a disyllable (such a word is disyllabic). A word consisting of three syllables (such as wolverine) is called a trisyllable (the adjective form is trisyllabic). A word consisting of more than three syllables (such as rhinoceros) is called a polysyllable (and could be described as polysyllabic), although this term is often used to describe words of two syllables or more.

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