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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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As women's cinema becomes more polycentric and polyphonous in its gender articulations than ever before, it is impossible to classify each trend and file them in neatly organized categories.
Indexing Polyphonous Identity in the Speech of African American Drag Queens.
The idea helps to point the way to a still greater cause of the dissonances and eccentricities that give the book its extraordinary flavor: the polyphonous and grotesque nature of Fuller's mind and writing.
Autores en esta tradicion, "use parentheses, qualifying clauses, inversions, and complex rhythmic devices in their polyphonous sentences.
There is never such a thing as a clean break from the old; only a polyphonous cross-fading between one generation and the next.
This makes it difficult for them to "subtract from the polyphonous multiplicity of sensation" in the ways that (as Bergson noted) human neurotypicals do (230).
Moreover, Modernism's (and especially Ezra Pound's) attempts to present a stable trajectory of metre from the 'iambic stage' to the 'post-iambic stage' (or free verse) have, until very recently, succeeded in silencing prosody's polyphonous history.
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.
Ringing through the chapel is one of Europe's most famous pieces of sacred music, Gregorio Allegri's 17th-century work Miserere Mei, a polyphonous choral setting of Psalm 51.
The last paragraph of the story entrenches it into its polyphonous realistic mode.