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1. The condition or practice of having more than one husband at one time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a female mates with more than one male in a single breeding season.
3. Botany The condition of having numerous stamens.

pol′y·an′drous (-ăn′drəs) adj.


(ˌpɒl iˈæn drəs)

1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry.
2. having an indefinite number of stamens.
[1820–30; < Greek polyándros having many husbands. See poly-, -androus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polyandrous - having more than one husband at a time
polygamous - having more than one mate at a time; used of relationships and individuals


[ˌpɒlɪˈændrəs] ADJpoliándrico


adjVielmännerei betreibend, polyandrisch (spec); (Bot) → polyadelphisch
References in classic literature ?
Hilaire, both in varieties and in species, that when any part or organ is repeated many times in the structure of the same individual (as the vertebrae in snakes, and the stamens in polyandrous flowers) the number is variable; whereas the number of the same part or organ, when it occurs in lesser numbers, is constant.
Multiple paternity in polyandrous Barn Owls (Tyto alba).
Monogamy is strictly practiced in Cofan, Kichwa and Secoya communities, (18) and it is the norm among the Shuar, although they occasionally practice polygamy as well; (19) polygamous, polyandrous and monogamous mating schemes are all acceptable among the Waorani.
However, females in the Asian glow-worm firefly Pyrocoelia pectoralis were also found to be highly polyandrous, mating with up to 7 different males (Fu et al.
I shall begin by tracing some of the basic features of polyandrous marriage as it is practiced on the Tibetan plateau.
The number of yearlings was higher for polyandrous females for three of the four species.
Contrast polygynous or polyandrous marriage with group marriage, where each spouse is married to every other spouse.
He does this in terms of how bees respond to stimuli in their environment, but also shows how polyandrous mating on the part of queen bees contributes to genetic variation and thereby stimulus-response variation.
While most bird species are monogamous, females are often polyandrous, breeding with two males at once.
On the other hand, Bombacaceae exhibits tree habit, have polyandrous flowers with unilocular anthers and smooth pollen [14,48,28].
All cultures have marriage, but some cultures are polygamous, some at least nominally monogamous, and a very few, under special conditions, are polyandrous (Symons, Evolution).
Females are polyandrous, and agonistic male-male interactions are common, suggesting direct competition for mates or mating territories (DeMartini, 1988).