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 (pŏl′ē-tĭp′ĭk) also pol·y·typ·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Having several variant forms, especially subspecies or varieties.

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(ˌpɒlɪˈtɪpɪk) or


1. existing in, consisting of, or incorporating several different types or forms
2. (Biology) biology (of a taxonomic group) having many subdivisions, esp (of a species) having many subspecies and geographical races
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(ˌpɒl iˈtɪp ɪk)

also pol`y•typ′i•cal,

having or involving many or several types.
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