Definition of polygamous
1a : relating to or practicing polygamyb : 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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Hildale and adjacent Colorado City, Arizona, have been dominated for decades by members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has been captured after being on the run for nearly a year.
Docents lead tours and answer questions about the polygamous wives who lived here, though most of his 56 wives lived in other accommodations.
From Israel, a drama, set in the polygamous Bedouin culture, that won the world cinema grand jury prize at Sundance.
After World War II, France, looking to increase its labor supply, allowed the immigration of polygamous families from Africa — only to encounter difficulties with coerced marriages and excessive demand for government benefits.
His latest gig is scoring Big Love, HBO's new series about a polygamous family.
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Origin and Etymology of polygamous
Greek polygamos, from poly- + -gamos -gamous
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
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