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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.]
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time. Compare polyandry, polygyny
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]
poˈlygamous, polyˈgamic adj
po•lyg•a•my(pəˈlɪg ə mi)
the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, esp. a wife, at one time.
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
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.
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|Noun||1.||polygamy - 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
polygamy[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] N → poligamia f
polygamy[pəˈlɪgəmi] n → polygamie f
polygamy[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] n → poligamia
n. poligamia, práctica de poseer más de un cónyuge a la vez.