Definition of polychrest in English:

polychrest

noun

  • A thing adapted to several different uses. Now especially: a homeopathic drug used to treat a variety of diseases.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From post-classical Latin polychrestum thing adapted to several different uses from Hellenistic Greek πολύχρηστον, use as noun of neuter of ancient Greek πολύχρηστος useful for many purposes from πολυ- + χρηστός useful.

Pronunciation

polychrest

/ˈpɒlɪkrɛst/