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

  • adj. Polysynthetic.
  • adj. Of or relating to the stage of child language development characterized by the use of single-word utterances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of a single word, such as "Go." or "Whatever."
  • adj. Pertaining to the stage of development where a child produces simple one-word utterances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressing a phrase or sentence in a single word, -- as is the case in the aboriginal languages of America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the force of a whole phrase, as a word or gesture; expressive of a sentence, or of a highly complex idea.


holo- + Greek phrastikos, expressive (from -phrastos, speakable, thought of, from phrazein, to show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • If new to environs monastic
    You'll find that the silence is drastic.
    They frown on the phonic
    So monks are laconic,
    Conversing in bursts holophrastic.

    September 10, 2016