from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as polysyllabicism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being polysyllabic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun linguistics The state or characteristic of having or using words containing multiple syllables, sometimes as a stage in the development of language.
  • noun Polysyllabicism.


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