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1. The condition or practice of having more than one wife at one time.
2. Zoology
a. A mating pattern in which a male mates with more than one female in a single breeding season.
b. The condition of having more than one queen. Used of an insect colony.

po·lyg′y·nous adj.
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Adj.1.polygynous - having more than one wife at a time
polygamous - having more than one mate at a time; used of relationships and individuals
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Unsurprisingly, her motive is more sinister but trust women in a polygynous home to react when there's a collective threat.
As men like Nabeel have come to acknowledge their infertility problems and seek treatment, they have helped to lighten the heavy load once carried by their wives: The scrutiny from in-laws, the social ostracism, the threats of divorce or polygynous remarriage.
Polygynous context is required to make sense of the parallel drawn in Q 2.
To attain fatherhood, one entered into a polygynous marriage when a first wife was childless.
Two polygynous overwintered Vespula squamosa colonies from the southeastern U.
The researchers proposed women's sexuality has evolved to be more fluid than men's as a mechanism to reduce conflict and tension among co-wives in polygynous marriages.
The study juxtaposes the small house phenomenon; an emerging family structure in the Zimbabwean contemporary society with the traditional polygynous marital practice among the Shona people.
In addition, some males become polygynous in years with high main prey abundance (Carlsson et al.
Although the practice of polygyny is decreasing in Nigeria, 27 percent of married girls aged 15-19 are in polygynous marriages (Anyanwu 1993).
Polygynous husbands are more likely to be irregular visitors to their wives than husbands in nuclear households (Gage 1995; Kritz & Makinwa-Adebusoye 1999).
In this article, we review recent progress in our understanding of ostrich reproductive behavior both in the wild and in farming environments, with a specific emphasis on female strategies to improve offspring fitness within the context of the ostrich polygynous mating system.
Cymodoce japonica may have a polygynous mating system, based on our observations.