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1Multiplication of sounds or voices; an instance of this.
2Music. The use of polyphony; polyphonic style or composition; an instance of this. rare.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Derham (1657–1735), Church of England clergyman and natural philosopher. From ancient Greek πολύϕωνος having many tones + -ism.
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