- 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 . See the Note under bigamy, and compare polyandry and polygyny.
- (zoology) The state or habit of having more than one mate.
- (botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
Etymology: Greek; compare French polygamie
- Dutch: polygamie
- French: polygamie
- German: Polygamie
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