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Definition of "polychrome" []

  • Having many or various colors; polychromatic. (adjective)
  • Made or decorated in many or various colors: polychrome tiles. (adjective)
  • An object or a work composed of or decorated in many colors. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "polychrome" in a sentence
  • "The 16th Century figure of Our Lady of Zapopan, made of pasta de caña (a paste made from the insides of corn stalks) and covered with gesso and polychrome, is said to be the second-most venerated Virgin in Mexico, following Our Lady of Guadalupe."
  • "No matter where the spade turns the soil, it uncovers broken pavements and corroding metal; and scholars write that the kind of sand that artists call polychrome (because flecks of every color are mixed with its whiteness) is actually not sand at all, but the glass of the past, now pounded to powder by aeons of tumbling in the clamorous sea."
  • "Consider the conquistadors of Christian Spain erecting polychrome crucifixes and santos over the ruins of Teotihuacan and Cuzcuo, while holding ornamented monstrances of pristine silverwork over the corpses and captives of preColumbia."