Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biology An organism characterized by polymorphism.
  • n. Chemistry A specific crystalline form of a compound that can crystallize in different forms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any organism that shows polymorphism
  • n. Any substance or mineral that forms different types of crystal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substance capable of crystallizing in several distinct forms; also, any one of these forms. Cf. allomorph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a substance which crystallizes in two or more forms distinct from each other. See dimorphism and trimorphism.
  • n. In biology, an organism exhibiting or characterized by polymorphism; an individual member of a species or other group which differs from other members of the same group to an unusual degree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an organism that can assume more than one adult form as in the castes of ants or termites

Etymologies

poly- + -morph (Wiktionary)

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