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A person of great or varied learning.

[Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′y·math′, pol′y·math′ic adj.
po·lym′a·thy (pə-lĭm′ə-thē) n.
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the possession of learning in many fields. — polymath, n., adj.
See also: Knowledge
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