polyandry

noun
poly·an·dry | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌan-drē \

Definition of polyandry 

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

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Other words from polyandry

polyandrous \ˌpä-lē-ˈan-drəs \ adjective

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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, "6 Animals That Are Stellar Stepdads," 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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The first known use of polyandry was in 1680

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polyandry

noun
poly·an·dry | \ ˈpäl-ē-ˌan-drē \
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 \ adjective

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