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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In the research of Balota and Paul (1996), also devoted to the perception of homonyms, a polysemantic word was in the third position in the triad (for example, CIRCUS-BLOND-FAIR).
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.
These include the continuing development of various types of abbreviation; the use of certain prefixes, especially prefixes indicating inverse process or rejection or destruction (anti-, de-, raz-/ras-); use of infixes such as -ov- and -in- which facilitate the formation of derivatives from acronyms, indeclinable loan words and other forms; and heavy use of the suffixes, -ost' (russkost'), -izm (trudogolizm, 'workaholism'), -(iz)atsiia (vesternizatsiia) and -ka, sometimes in polysemantic words (for example, personalka, 'personal car', 'man-to-man marking' and 'personal computer').