polygynous

polygynous

[puh-lij-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygyny.
2.
Botany. having many pistils or styles.

Origin:
1840–50; polygyn(y) + -ous

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polygyny (pəˈlɪdʒɪnɪ)
 
n
1.  Compare polygamy the practice or condition of being married to more than one wife at the same time
2.  the practice in animals of a male mating with more than one female during one breeding season
3.  the condition in flowers of having many carpels
 
[C18: from poly- + -gyny, from Greek gunē a woman]
 
po'lygynist
 
n
 
po'lygynous
 
adj

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