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[puh-lig-uh-muh s] /pəˈlɪg ə məs/
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygamy; polygamic.
Botany. bearing both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers on the same or on different plants of the same species.
Origin of polygamous
1605-15; < Greek polýgamos. See poly-, -gamous
Related forms
polygamously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for polygamous
  • Males scent-mark their territories, but they share them with several females and are believed to be polygamous.
  • Further, the more polygamous the society, the less direct paternal care is provided.
  • These dino dads were probably polygamous, the scientists say, because their bones were found on top of some pretty big clutches.
  • But separation of mates in a polygamous species does not elicit the physiological endocrine response.
  • The polygamous relationship, if revealed, could have resulted in their deportation.
  • Even then, a polygamous family is not without its frictions.
  • They formed an exclusive, polygamous community with a militia and territorial ambitions.
  • But there is nothing uniquely abusive about consenting polygamous relationships.
  • polygamous relationships are allowed only under certain restrictions.
  • polygamous marriages were increasingly popular-and now comprised half of his business.
Word Origin and History for polygamous

1610s, from polygamy + -ous, or else from Late Greek polygamos "often married." Related: Polygamously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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