po·​lyg·​a·​mous | \ pə-ˈli-gə-məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio) \

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

Examples of polygamous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colorado City says police ties to polygamous group are past. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2021 The King is renowned for his polygamous and largely extravagant lifestyle despite Eswatini's struggling economy and high poverty rate. Nimi Princewill And Stephanie Busari, CNN, 29 June 2021 Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, by contrast, has around 150 children from 27 wives — 178 people in total. NBC News, 15 June 2021 Utah public school with ties to polygamous sect placed on ‘warning’ status. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2021 Last month, Rania Kisar, the Syrian-American director of SHINE, an education organization, urged a group of women at an event in Idlib to refuse polygamous marriages, which are permitted under Islamic law. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Green developed a relationship with polygamous religious leader Ross Wesley LeBaron. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 Apata, 33, grew up in a polygamous household and says her fearlessness and carefree spirit are influenced by her three mothers and her late father, who was tragically murdered in 1995. Earl Nurse And Arit Okpo, CNN, 4 Nov. 2020 The siblings grew up in the Salt Lake Valley in a household that worshipped in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2020

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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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“Polygamous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygamous. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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po·​lyg·​a·​mous | \ pə-ˈlig-ə-məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio) \

Medical Definition of polygamous

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

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