Definition of polytonic in English:

polytonic

adjective

  • 1Music. Using or having several musical tones; polytonal.

  • 2Of a language: using or having several vocal tones.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Ladies' Repository. From poly- + tonic, after polytone.

Pronunciation

polytonic

/ˌpɒlɪˈtɒnɪk/