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A person with broad knowledge.

[Latin Polyhistōr, from Greek poluistōr, very learned : polu-, poly- + histōr, learned; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′y·his·tor′ic (-hĭ-stôr′ĭk) adj.


(ˌpɒlɪˈhɪstɔː) or


(Education) formal a person who possesses great learning


(ˌpɒl iˈhɪs tər)

also pol•y•his•to•ri•an

(-hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-)

a polymath.
[1565–75; < Latin polyhistōr < Greek polyístōr very learned. See poly-, history]
pol`y•his•tor′ic (-hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-) adj.
pol`y•his′to•ry, n.


a person of exceptionally wide knowledge; polymath. — polyhistoric, adj.
See also: Knowledge
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I have only one sentence to describe him-He is a polyhistor: A fantastic writer, poet, doctor, scientist, artistreally, really [a] polyhistor.
Most of them, including the ones discussed in this article, are known to us because they were preserved by Eusebius in Book 9 of Praeparatio Evangelica, which excerpted the work of Alexander Polyhistor, On the Jews, who quoted Demetrius.
Klarerweise durfte man einen solchen Polyhistor am Semesterende nicht einfach wieder ziehen lassen, den musste man an sich binden, am besten als Gastprofessor mit ordentlichem Honorar.
Taking as her starting point the new fragments of the Babyloniaca in the recently published Oxyrhynchus Glossary, she convincingly demonstrates that Hellenistic readers of Berossos such as Alexander Polyhistor and Juba were primarily interested in his work as a source for exotic miribilia and not as a historical work.
In this respect, Orderic must be distinguished from William of Malmesbury, who fills his Polyhistor with numerous anecdotes, very few of which have any discernible moral purpose.
Item Caij Iulij Solini Polyhistor ex veteribus libris emendatus, Parisijs, apud Hieronymum Drouart, via Iacobaea sub scuto solari, 1629.
Francisco Luisino, comentador de los de primera clase, de quien hace particular mencion Morhofio en su Polyhistor Litterarius, no solo la adopta, sino que la prueba y defiende, reflexionando que si Horacio al hacer aquella enumeracion de los varios personages de la Tragedia, hubiese omitido al Dios hubiera dexado su enumeracion diminuta.
Interestingly, Eberti takes issue with the authorship of the infamous Satirica Sotadica so often attributed to Luisa Sigaea and expresses instead the belief that they had instead been written by "ein verhurter Kerl" 'a whorish guy,' and cites professor and polyhistor Daniel Morhoff (1639-1691) and Thomasius as sharing this opinion (Eberti 336-39).
Chapter 3, "Patriarchal Fictions," opens with the three fragments from Artapanus's "On the Jews" preserved by Alexander Polyhistor.