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

mo·nog′y·nist n.
mo·nog′y·nous adj.
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(Sociology) the custom of having only one female sexual partner over a period of time
moˈnogynist n
moˈnogynous adj
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(məˈnɒdʒ ə ni)

1. the practice or condition of having only one wife at a time.
2. Zool. the condition of having only one female mate at a time.
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Noun1.monogyny - having only one wife at a timemonogyny - having only one wife at a time  
monogamousness, monogamy - having only one spouse at a time
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In addition, the social form of sampled fire ants (i.e., monogyny or polygyny) was determined by Gp-9 analysis (Valles & Porter 2003).
Two bands in both columns represents polygyny, two bands in the top row and one band in the bottom row represents monogyny. Neg.
(2014), Polistes rst evolved in Southeast Asia and 2nd that dispersal to the New World occurred only once, and 3rd that long-term monogyny evolved as an adaptation to overwintering in a temperate climate.
In a monophasic allometric ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, 1972, allometric rules have been shown to differ depending on the colony size or the social form (monogyny or polygyny) [13].
Camponotus species have been associated with monogyny, i.e., nests headed by only one queen where the nestmates are usually full or half siblings (HEINZE et al., 1994; HOLLDOBLER; WILSON, 1990).
Faithful without care: the evolution of monogyny. Evolution 59:1400-1405.
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