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1. Relating to, characterized by, or practicing polygamy.
2. Botany Having both hermaphroditic and unisexual flowers on the same plant or on separate plants of the same species.

po·lyg′a·mous·ly adv.


(pəˈlɪg ə məs)

also pol•y•gam•ic

(ˌpɒl iˈgæm ɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygamy.
2. Bot. bearing both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant or on different plants of the same species.
[1605–15; < Greek polýgamos. See poly-, -gamous]
po•lyg′a•mous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polygamous - having more than one mate at a time; used of relationships and individuals
monogamous - (used of relationships and of individuals) having one mate; "monogamous marriage"; "monogamous for life"
2.polygamous - having several forms of gametoecia on the same plant
monecious, monoecious, monoicous - having male and female reproductive organs in the same plant or animal


[pɒˈlɪgəməs] ADJpolígamo


[pəˈlɪgəməs] adjpolygame


References in classic literature ?
It was later in the day that he took me in his arms, manifesting great embarrassment and claiming polygamous emotions.
The war is, perhaps, severest between the males of polygamous animals, and these seem oftenest provided with special weapons.
She, a monogamist, regretted the cessation of some of life's innocent odours; he, whose instincts were polygamous, felt morally braced by the change, and less liable to the temptations that had assailed him in the past.
Yesterday's Daily Mirror (July 9, 2015) Page 9 article about polygamous relationships stated that some Mormons in Utah, USA, have several wives.
A new boom in polygamous marriages in the region is one element fueling social tension.
9) In 1877, anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan published his influential book Ancient Society in which he argued that all societies moved through the same stages of development, with polygamous marriages characteristic of the period of barbarism, and monogamy associated with civilization.
THE MEN WITH MANY WIVES Channel 4, 10pm This revealing documentary explores the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims.
One noted problem with using the judiciary was the need to create new family law courts to accommodate the polygamous population and to ensure the scrupulous review procedures of these courts.
The programme examines the daily challenges of polygamous life and the motivation of those who are looking for another wife, as well as the issues of duty, love and betrayal in these unconventional families.
The Bible has many references to polygamy, prostitution, fierce competition over men (especially polygamous wives such as Rachel and Leah competing for their husband's favor), as well as rape and sexual abuse.
This collection of studies of polygamous families in mostly Canadian, American, French and Australian contexts, presented by a group of international scholars, attempts to discard such preconceptions and to find out why--or even whether--polygamy is harmful to general wellbeing of our society.
This means that polygamous relationships are still not legally recognized as marriages, although people are free to live with more than one member of the opposite sex if they choose.