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[pol-ee-an-druh s] /ˌpɒl iˈæn drəs/
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry; polyandric.
Botany. having an indefinite number of stamens.
Origin of polyandrous
1820-30; < Greek polyándros having many husbands. See poly-, -androus Unabridged
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  • Results from the captive population suggest polygynous and possibly polyandrous mating.
Word Origin and History for polyandrous

1764, in botany, "having numerous stamens," from poly- + stem of aner "man, husband" (see anthropo-). From 1854 of humans, "having more than one husband." Greek polyandros meant "numerous" (of persons), "populous" (of places); polyanor meant "of many husbands."

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polyandrous in Science
  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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