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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1883, from poly- + rhythmic.


a. (context music English) Having multiple, simultaneous rhythms

Usage examples of "polyrhythmic".

Tolito tossing Kook the seven-year-old about the car like a beanbag, and behind it all, clobbering polyrhythmic to the racketing of the shuttle, Jose on his tin drum, forearms and hands vibrating out beyond the persistence of vision, and a tireless smile across his teeth wide as the West Side.