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n. pl. po·lyph·o·nies
Music with two or more independent melodic parts sounded together.

po·lyph′o·nous adj.
po·lyph′o·nous·ly adv.
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Adj.1.polyphonous - of or relating to or characterized by polyphony; "polyphonic traditions of the baroque"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Nevertheless, the unprejudiced scholar will note that our heritage of hybrid tongues, avant-garde music (jazz and rap and reggae and calypso), bricolage theologies, and Metis cultural forms, not to mention our performance traditions highlighting the polyrhythmic, polyphonous, and metaphysical (insisting on wit, word-play, and rhyme), grant us all the ingredients necessary to create a world-shaking literature.
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Most people will be familiar with the intricate polyphonous music from Bach's fifth Brandenberg, which includes a long, breakaway harpsichord solo in the first movement.