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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.
References in classic literature ?
There were many women, which was easily accounted for by the "peculiar institution" of the Mormons; but it must not be supposed that all the Mormons are polygamists.
Ra Vatu was coming into the church, not merely as a converted heathen, but as a converted polygamist as well.
He was not by nature a polygamist, and he was appalled at the possibilities of the situation.
Polygamists already living in Canada would be deported.
While the insular groups living in and around Utah are recognized by mainstream society, Muslim polygamists (including African-American polygamists) living primarily along the East Coast are much less familiar.
Williams, who has five wives and calls themselves Progressive polygamists, also identifies themselves as feminists.
Rather, Waddoups said the state may not interfere in purely religious ceremonies some polygamists take part in to sanctify plural marriages.
The producers naturally describe this group as a world largely unseen by the general public - unless of course, you've previously seen them on Dawn Porter: Extreme Wives (also on Channel 4), The Oprah Winfrey Show or on a National Geographic documentary last year called Meet The Polygamists which featured the same people.
Meet The Polygamists C4, 10pm Cameras have been allowed into Centennial Park, Arizona, to see what it's like to live in a community where multiple marriage is allowed.
MONDAY Meet the Polygamists Channel 4, 10pm Polygamy is word that originates from Greece, meaning 'often married', but while many of us will joke that being married to one person is stressful enough, in some areas of the world, it's looked down upon if you only take one spouse.
It's bound to make for shocking viewing, interesting as it is, as the polygamists allow us access to their rites, rituals and everyday lives.
Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the mainstream church, said polygamists, "including those in reality television programs,'' have "no affiliation whatsoever'' with the church, "despite the fact that the term 'Mormon' is sometimes misleadingly applied to them.