polygyny

[puh-lij-uh-nee]
noun
1.
the practice or condition of having more than one wife at one time.
2.
(among male animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.
3.
(among social insects) the condition of having two or more functioning queens in a colony.
4.
Botany. the state or condition of having many pistils or styles.
Compare monogyny.


Origin:
1770–80; < Greek polygýn(aios) having many wives (see poly-, gyn-) + -y3

bigamy, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny.
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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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polygyny
1780, "having many wives," from poly- "many" (see poly-) + Gk. gyne "woman, wife" (see queen).
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Example sentences for polygyny
Experimental study of parental investment and polygyny in male blackbirds.
These provisions are consistent with the provisions covering the practice of polygyny.
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