polyandry

noun
poly·​an·​dry | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌan-drē How to pronounce polyandry (audio) \

Definition of polyandry

: the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time — compare polygamy, polygyny

Other Words from polyandry

polyandrous \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈan-​drəs How to pronounce polyandry (audio) \ adjective

Examples of polyandry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How are the terms polyamory and ethical non-monogamy different from polygamy and polyandry? Eve Ettinger, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 The film, with a backdrop of the polyandry custom in some parts of the country, traces a difficult and life-affirming journey deep in the Himalayas. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 The idea that polyandry is not authentically African was also prevalent among religious leaders, the Department of Home Affairs found. Zamira Rahim, CNN, 28 June 2021 First, not all species are monogamous, and father-like behavior can accompany polyandry—a phenomenon in which a female takes multiple mates, leaving paternity a mystery. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of polyandry

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyandry

Greek polyandros, adjective, having many husbands, from poly- + andr-, anēr man, husband — more at andr-

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21 Nov 2021

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“Polyandry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyandry. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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polyandry

noun
poly·​an·​dry | \ ˈpäl-ē-ˌan-drē How to pronounce polyandry (audio) \
plural polyandries

Medical Definition of polyandry

: the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time — compare polygamy, polygyny

Other Words from polyandry

polyandrous \ ˌpäl-​ē-​ˈan-​drəs How to pronounce polyandry (audio) \ adjective

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