polygamy[pə lig′ə mē, pō-]
Polygamy is defined as having more than one spouse at a time.
When a man is married to three women at the same time, this is an example of polygamy.
- the state or practice of having two or more spouses at the same time; plural marriage
- Zool. the practice of mating with more than one of the opposite sex
Origin of polygamyFrench polygamie ; from Classical Greek polygamia: see poly- and amp; -gamy
- The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
- Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.
Origin of polygamyFrench polygamie, from Late Latin polygamia, from Greek polugamiā : polu-, poly- + -gamiā, -gamy.
- The having of multiple socially bonded sexual partners at the same time
- Originally polygamy could work either or both ways, but civilisation generally forbids simultaneous husbands
- The condition of having more than one spouse or marriage partner at one time.
- Muslims and early Mormon communities have been known to practise polygamy.
- (zoology) The state or habit of having more than one sexual mate.
- An insect queen actually practices polygamy only one day, while for an alpha-male defending his harem is the very essence of both his status and polygamy
- (botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
- Commonly used specifically for polygyny, the marriage of a man to more than one wife, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time.
- The Islamic form of polygamy is a husband with up to four wives
polygamy - Legal Definition
The condition of having more than a single spouse at one time.