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po·lyg·a·my

 (pə-lĭg′ə-mē)
n.
1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.

[French polygamie, from Late Latin polygamia, from Greek polugamiā : polu-, poly- + -gamiā, -gamy.]

polygamy

(pəˈlɪɡəmɪ)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time. Compare polyandry, polygyny
2. (Botany)
a. the condition of having male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant
b. the condition of having these different types of flower on separate plants of the same species
3. (Zoology) the practice in male animals of having more than one mate during one breeding season
[C16: via French from Greek polugamia from poly- + -gamy]
poˈlygamist n
poˈlygamous, polyˈgamic adj
poˈlygamously adv

po•lyg•a•my

(pəˈlɪg ə mi)

n.
the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, esp. a wife, at one time.
po•lyg′a•mist, n.

polygamy

the condition of having more than two spouses simultaneously. — polygamist, n. — polygamous, adj.
See also: Crime
the practice or state of being married to more than one person at a time. — polygamous, adj.
See also: Marriage

polygamy

Marriage to more than one person at the same time. The most common form of polygamy is polygyny, where a man has several wives. A less common form is polyandry, where a woman has several husbands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polygamy - having more than one spouse at a timepolygamy - having more than one spouse at a time
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
polyandry - having more than one husband at a time
polygyny - having more than one wife at a time
Translations
mnohoženstvípolygamie
moniavioisuuspolygamia
poligamija
poligámiatöbbnejűség
poligami
多婚性

polygamy

[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] Npoligamia f

polygamy

[pəˈlɪgəmi] npolygamie f

polygamy

nPolygamie f, → Vielehe f, → Vielweiberei f

polygamy

[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] npoligamia

polygamy

n. poligamia, práctica de poseer más de un cónyuge a la vez.
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W]hile the case at the bar is called "The People versus Brigham Young," its other and real title is "Federal Authority versus Polygamic Theocracy.
Ten pigs were assumed as male, and the rest as female because most of populations show polygamic structures with high mating ratios (Sanchez et al.
The next Peter Bell was he Predevote like you and me To good or evil as may come; His was the severer doom,-- For he was an evil Cotter And a polygamic Potter.