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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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: 1547
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