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polynomial

  

      adj  
1    of, consisting of, or referring to two or more names or terms  
      n  
2   
a    a mathematical expression consisting of a sum of terms each of which is the product of a constant and one or more variables raised to a positive or zero integral power. For one variable, x, the general form is given by: a0xn + a1xn--1 + ... + an--1 x + an, where a0, a1, etc., are real numbers  
b      (Also called)    multinomial   any mathematical expression consisting of the sum of a number of terms  
3      (Biology)   a taxonomic name consisting of more than two terms, such as Parus major minor in which minor designates the subspecies  
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