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group marriage

(among primitive peoples) a form of marriage in which a group of males is united with a group of females to form a single conjugal unit.
Also called communal marriage.
Origin of group marriage
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Polyandry is a survival of the group-marriage of the mother-age.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • This is true also of forms of group-marriage other than those mentioned above.

  • The subject of group-marriage is one about which I do not find it possible to speak so dogmatically.

  • Because this form of group-marriage is the simpler, it is also usually regarded as the earlier.

  • There is also, of course, a form of group-marriage that differs from 'Pirrauru marriage,' and is apparently simpler.

  • Even in Australia the phenomena of Pirrauru and of group-marriage are confined particularly to the southern regions.

  • But there is also a second form, which, though less frequent, is of greatest importance for an interpretation of group-marriage.

British Dictionary definitions for group-marriage

group marriage

an arrangement in which several males live together with several females, forming a conjugal unit
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