polymath NOUN a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.
DERIVATIVES polymathic adjective.
ORIGIN from Greek polumaths 'having learned much' .

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  • Polymathic — Pol y*math ic, a. [Cf. F. polymathique. See {Polymathy}.] Pertaining to polymathy; acquainted with many branches of learning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polymathic — adjective see polymath …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polymathic — See polymath. * * * …   Universalium

  • polymathic — adjective Pertaining to polymathy; acquainted with many branches of learning …   Wiktionary

  • polymathic — poly·math·ic …   English syllables

  • polymathic — adjective see polymath II * * * polymathˈic adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑poly …   Useful english dictionary

  • polymath — polymathic, adj. /pol ee math /, n. a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor. [1615 25; < Gk polymathés learned, having learned much, equiv. to poly POLY + mathes, adj. deriv. of manthánein to learn] * * * …   Universalium

  • Polymath — A polymath (Greek polymathēs , πολυμαθής, having learned much )The term was first recorded in written English in the early seventeenth century Cite web url=http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=polymath searchmode=none title=Online Etymology …   Wikipedia

  • John Pentland Mahaffy — The Rev. Sir John Pentland Mahaffy GBE CVO (26 February 1839 ndash; 30 April 1919) was an Irish classicist and polymathic scholar. Education and interestsHe was born near Vevey in Switzerland on 12 July 1839, receiving his early education… …   Wikipedia

  • polymath — noun Etymology: Greek polymathēs very learned, from poly + manthanein to learn more at mathematical Date: 1621 a person of encyclopedic learning • polymath or polymathic adjective • polymathy noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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