Etymology
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polynomial

1670s (n.), in algebra, "an expression consisting of many terms;" 1704 (adj.), "containing many names or terms;" irregularly formed from poly- + stem of binomial. By 1885 as "a technical name consisting of more than two terms."

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Definitions of polynomial
1
polynomial (n.)
a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms;
Synonyms: multinomial
2
polynomial (adj.)
having the character of a polynomial;
a polynomial expression
Synonyms: multinomial
From wordnet.princeton.edu