American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having many or various colors; polychromatic.
- adj. Made or decorated in many or various colors: polychrome tiles.
- n. An object or a work composed of or decorated in many colors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or tinted with several or many colors; executed in the manner of polychromy: as, polychrome sculpture; polychrome architecture.
- n. A fluorescent substance (C21H24O13), forming prismatic crystals, odorless,with a bitter taste and slight acid reaction. It is obtained from the bark of the horse-chestnut and from quassiawood, etc. A solution of polychrome appears colorless by transmitted light, but blue by reflected light. Acids destroy the fluorescence of the liquid; alkalis increase it.
- adj. Executed in the manner of polychromy; as, polychrome printing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.), rare Esculin; -- so called in allusion to its fluorescent solutions.
- adj. Executed in the manner of polychromy.
- adj. having or exhibiting many colors
- n. a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
- v. color with many colors; make polychrome
“The 16th Century figure of Our Lady of Zapopan, made of pasta de caña (a paste made from the insides of corn stalks) and covered with gesso and polychrome, is said to be the second-most venerated Virgin in Mexico, following Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
“No matter where the spade turns the soil, it uncovers broken pavements and corroding metal; and scholars write that the kind of sand that artists call polychrome (because flecks of every color are mixed with its whiteness) is actually not sand at all, but the glass of the past, now pounded to powder by aeons of tumbling in the clamorous sea.”
“Consider the conquistadors of Christian Spain erecting polychrome crucifixes and santos over the ruins of Teotihuacan and Cuzcuo, while holding ornamented monstrances of pristine silverwork over the corpses and captives of preColumbia.”
“The dramatic main portal of the auditorium is flanked by massive bronze and polychrome marble figures representing "Comedy" and "Tragedy" by Gabriel-Jules Thomas.”
“Now two years into the process, Gleason has learned to modulate the spectacular brilliance, allowing the polychrome coating to emphasize the underlying colors, to collaborate with the physicality of his paint.”
“In Marcel Proust's "À la Recherche du Temps Perdu," when the narrator contemplates a large fish being served for lunch, he perceives that the fish, with its "numberless vertebrae, its blue and pink veins," had been constructed "like a polychrome cathedral of the deep.”
“Statuary ranges from small terracotta figurines with traces of polychrome paint—a feminine head with demurely downcast black eyes, a tiny Cupid curled up asleep—to a colossal marble head of the Roman emperor Caracalla circa 211-217 A.D. and massive marble figures from a monumental colonnade in Thessaloniki.”
“Recent Classic works 550–800 A.D. include a small shell-and-jade skeleton figurine, like a medieval memento mori; and a surprising 8-inch tall whistle—a polychrome ceramic figure wearing an elaborate feathered headdress and holding two objects that look like maracas.”
“All we have are our eyes, and what at first seems like a sea of ivories and browns reveals bowls in intense greens, jars with lively blue-and-white decoration, incised vegetal motifs faintly visible beneath thick glazes, and such startling pieces as a 24-inch-tall polychrome jar 16th century with paintings of winged horses and demon-headed creatures.”
“Courtesy of the Birmingham Museum of Art A 16th-century polychrome jar.”
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