Polygamy meaning

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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.

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(zoology) A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.
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(zool.) The practice of mating with more than one of the opposite sex.
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(zoology) A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.
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The condition of having more than a single spouse at one time.
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(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.

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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.

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(botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
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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.

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The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
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The state or practice of having two or more spouses at the same time; plural marriage.
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The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
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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.

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Origin of polygamy

  • French polygamie from Late Latin polygamia from Greek polugamiā polu- poly- -gamiā -gamy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since 1591, from Late Latin polygamia, from Ancient Greek πολυγαμία (polygamia), itself from πολύγαμος (polugamos, “married to many")," from πολύς (polus, “many") + γάμος (gamos, “marriage"). Relates to modern prefix & suffix poly- +"Ž -gamy.

    From Wiktionary