having more than one spouse at a time
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
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
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
The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
Origin: Recorded since 1591, from Late polygamia, from polygamia, itself from polygamos," from polys + gamos.
the having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, 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 cf. Polyandry
the state or habit of having more than one mate
the condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers
Origin: [Gr. ; cf. F. polygamie.]
Polygamy is a marriage which includes more than two partners. When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, the relationship is called polygyny, and there is no marriage bond between the wives; and when a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry, and there is no marriage bond between the husbands. If a marriage includes multiple husbands and wives, it can be called group marriage. The term is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, sociology, as well as in popular speech. In social anthropology, polygamy is the practice of a person's making him/herself available for two or more spouses to mate with. In contrast, monogamy is a marriage consisting of only two parties. Like monogamy, the term is often used in a de facto sense, applying regardless of whether the relationships are recognized by the state. In sociobiology and zoology, polygamy is used in a broad sense to mean any form of multiple mating. The only form in which polygamy is permitted in countries which do permit it is in the form of a man taking multiple wives. In most of these countries, alongside polygamy, child marriage is also common.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pō-lig′a-mi, n. the practice of having more than one wife at the same time.—n.pl. Polygā′mia, the 23d class in the Linnæan system, embracing plants in which the stamens and pistils are separate in some flowers and associated in others.—adj. Polygā′mian.—n. Polyg′amist.—adj. Polyg′amous, relating to polygamy: (bot.) a term applied to plants which bear both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers, either on the same or on different individual plants. [Gr.,—polys, many, gamos, marriage.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
An endeavor to get more out of life than there is in it.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A thoughtless way of increasing the family expenses.
The numerical value of polygamy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of polygamy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- تعدد الأزواج, تعدد الزوجاتArabic
- poligàmiaCatalan, Valencian
- mnohoženství, polygamieCzech
- pluredzeco, poligamioEsperanto
- polygamia, moniavioisuusFinnish
- ilphósadh, polagamasIrish
- iol-phòsadh, ioma-phòsadh, iomnuachadhScottish Gaelic
- többnejűség, poligámiaHungarian
- ポリガミー, 多婚性, 複婚Japanese
- moe tokomahaMāori
- полигамија, многубрачностMacedonian
- poligamia, wielożeństwoPolish
- многомужество, многожёнство, полигамияRussian
- polygami, månggifteSwedish
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