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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.
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(pəˈlɪg ə məs)

also pol•y•gam•ic

(ˌpɒl iˈgæm ɪk)

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.
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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
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[pɒˈlɪgəməs] ADJpolígamo
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[pəˈlɪgəməs] adjpolygame
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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.
Over one in 10 of the cases involved polygamous marriages that were not registered in the country, while 16 per cent of the cases involved polygamous marriage done without the knowledge of the first wife.
A Kisumu court has allowed a second wife in a polygamous marriage to bury her husband who died in February, 2019.Kisumu Resident Magistrate Winfrida Kemunto said Ms Grace Were took care of her husband Mr Silvanus Nyang'wara Mwanja until he died.The court, however, gave the first wife Siprosa Awino Nyang'wara 30 days to file an appeal before their husband is buried.
Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith.
First things first, my dear ladies, you must figure out if he is promiscuous or polygamous. Do not start using wifely emotions on a promiscuous man.
The stories cite Fakti, a Copenhagen-based organization that offers services to immigrant and refugee women, as saying one-third of the women they assist are in polygamous relationships.
The polygamous politicians include many prominent figures who had remained mum over their second marriages.
This led to differing views of many cultural practices among the youth and their elders, including polygamous marriage, traditional healing and circumcision rites.
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