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Definition of polygamous

1a : relating to or practicing polygamy
b : having more than one mate at one time baboons are polygamous
2 : bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant

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Judge Richard McKelvie made his ruling Tuesday despite hearing from attorneys for past and current members of the polygamous group who argued that court oversight is still necessary because the board picks favorites and isn’t transparent enough. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 The series has followed the polygamous Brown family for more than eight years. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "'Sister Wives' cast filmed scenes in Chicago for upcoming season," 4 June 2019 Askerlund's selection follows the election victory last November of Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop, a former FLDS member who became the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Polygamous town under scrutiny picks outsider as chief," 25 May 2018 In that ruling, the chief justice noted that polygamous women suffered increased instances of abuse as did the children born of those relationships, according to the New York Times. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Canadian Man with 149 Kids Sentenced to House Arrest: 'I'm Guilty of Living My Religion'," 27 June 2018 Kim Jong Il was polygamous, but his official wife -- as a result of matchmaking by his father -- was Kim Young Sook, according to The Telegraph. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime," 1 June 2018 Kim Jong Il was polygamous, but his official wife -- as a result of a matchmaking by Kim Yong Il's father -- was Kim Yong Suk. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime," 8 Mar. 2018 In this April 30, 2018, photo, Jena Jones, Director of the Short Creek Dream Center, guides a tour through the renovated facility, formally the home of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Washington Post, "‘Big House’ once owned by Warren Jeffs is now a sober home," 4 May 2018 The Tribune reported that Dee Jessop was a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Husband planned to light 51 candles to celebrate his wife. He died trying, Utah family says | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of polygamous

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for polygamous

Greek polygamos, from poly- + -gamos -gamous

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Medical Definition of polygamous

1 : relating to or practicing polygamy
2 : having more than one mate at one time

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