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1. The state or practice of having one husband at a time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a female mates with only one male in a single breeding season.
3. Botany The condition of being monandrous.
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(məˈnæn dri)

1. the practice or condition of having one husband at a time.
2. (of a female animal) the condition of having one mate at a time.
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the custom of marriage to only one man at a time. — monandrous, adj.
See also: Marriage
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monandry - the state of having only one husband at a timemonandry - the state of having only one husband 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"
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Mating system in the tarantula spider Eupalaestrus weijenberghi (Thorell, 1894): Evidences of monandry and polygyny.
Diandry appears to be better represented among small-bodied species and genera, whereas monandry exemplified by Hawaiian grouper is consistent with the general pattern for large-bodied groupers.
Monogamy Central African Polygyny/monandry Republic Botswana Serial monogamy Paraguay Serial monogamy Mali Polygyny/serial monandry. * Higher numbers indicate more variability among men than women within a group