polyandrous

[pol-ee-an-druhs]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry; polyandric.
2.
Botany. having an indefinite number of stamens.

Origin:
1820–30; < Greek polyándros having many husbands. See poly-, -androus

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polyandry (ˈpɒlɪˌændrɪ)
 
n
1.  Compare polygamy the practice or condition of being married to more than one husband at the same time
2.  the practice in animals of a female mating with more than one male during one breeding season
3.  the condition in flowers of having a large indefinite number of stamens
 
[C18: from Greek poluandria, from poly- + -andria from anēr man]
 
poly'androus
 
adj

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polyandrous   (pŏl'ē-ān'drəs)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to a species of animals in which the females mate with more than one male in a single breeding season.

  2. Relating to an angiosperm plant that has an indefinite number of stamens in its flowers.


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Results from the captive population suggest polygynous and possibly polyandrous mating.
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