the practice or condition of having only one wife at a time.
(of a male animal) the condition of having one mate at a time.
(in social insects) the condition of having one functioning queen in a colony
Botany. the condition of having one pistil.
Origin: 1875–80; mono- Related forms
+ Greek -gynia,
equivalent to gyn
) woman, wife + -ia -y3
monogynous, monogynic /ˌmɒnəˈdʒɪnɪk/ [mon-uh-jin-ik] Show IPA , monogynious, adjective