polysemantic word


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Noun1.polysemantic word - a word having more than one meaning
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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Presumably, since he characterizes chong as "as polysemantic word comprising animals in general, [and] insects or invertebrates in particular," he is implying that this semantic classifier does not constitute the beginnings of a scientific system of nomenclature for even a portion of the animal kingdom.