Complete Definition of "polygamy"

English

Etymology
Greek; compare French polygamie

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-polygamy.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
polygamy

  1. The having of a plurality of socially bonded sexual partners at the same time; most commonly, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under bigamy, and compare polyandry and polygyny.
  2. zoology The state or habit of having more than one mate.
  3. botany The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

Derived terms
polygamize

Translations
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Czech: polygamie f, mnohoženství f
Dutch: polygamie f
Finnish: moniavioisuus, polygamia
French: polygamie f
German: Polygamie f
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Greek: ÏολÏγαμία (poligamia) f
Hebrew: פ×××××××|פּ×Ö¹×Ö´××Ö·×Ö°×Ö¸× (polygamia) f (1)
Norwegian: t-|no|flergifte|n, t-|no|flerkoneri|n, t-|no|polygami|n
Polish: poligamia f, wielożeÅstwo m
Scottish Gaelic: ioma-phòsadh m
Slovak: polygamia f, mnohoženstvo f

See also
concubine
polyandry
polygyny
seraglio
w:Harem|Wikipedia article on harems
w:Seraglio|Wikipedia article on seraglios

Category:Family
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