polygamous


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po·lyg·a·mous

 (pə-lĭg′ə-məs)
adj.
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.

po•lyg•a•mous

(pəˈlɪg ə məs)

also pol•y•gam•ic

(ˌpɒl iˈgæm ɪk)

adj.
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
Translations

polygamous

[pɒˈlɪgəməs] ADJpolígamo

polygamous

[pəˈlɪgəməs] adjpolygame

polygamous

adjpolygam
References in classic literature ?
It was later in the day that he took me in his arms, manifesting great embarrassment and claiming polygamous emotions.
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.
The war is, perhaps, severest between the males of polygamous animals, and these seem oftenest provided with special weapons.
If the tax law permitted polygamous spouses to file jointly, but required them to use the current marginal tax brackets, the Henricksons would face a significant marriage penalty.
Bridge Cook's THE WITNESS WORE RED: THE 19TH WIFE WHO BROUGHT POLYGAMOUS CULT LEADERS TO JUSTICE (9781478924586, $30.
While Islam allows more than one wife, two Arab countries have outlawed the practice and demographers estimate that less than 5 percent of marriages in the region are polygamous.
The book also describes how, in polygamous societies, many young men have little hope of having a family.
In Malawi, women in polygamous marriages are less likely than their counterparts in monogamous marriages to use modern contraceptives, surveillance data from more than 2,500 couples indicate.
November 10, 2012 (NAIROBI) - Kenya's cabinet has passed a bill allowing polygamous marriages, while banning the payment of bride-price for marriages.
Married adolescents are at high risk of HIV infection because many of them are in polygamous unions, face sexual violence or are unable to negotiate safe sex.
The couple married in Pakistan and both conceded that polygamous marriages are allowed there.
Turley also has represented the Brown family, who are featured on TLC's "Sister Wives," a reality show that documents their polygamous lifestyle.