polygamous

[puh-lig-uh-muhs]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygamy; polygamic.
2.
Botany. bearing both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers on the same or on different plants of the same species.

Origin:
1605–15; < Greek polýgamos. See poly-, -gamous

polygamously, adverb
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polygamy (pəˈlɪɡəmɪ)
 
n
1.  polyandry Compare polygyny the practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time
2.  a.  the condition of having male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant
 b.  the condition of having these different types of flower on separate plants of the same species
3.  the practice in male animals of having more than one mate during one breeding season
 
[C16: via French from Greek polugamia from poly- + -gamy]
 
po'lygamist
 
n
 
po'lygamous
 
adj
 
po'lygamously
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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