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 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, "A polygamous upbringing and a tragic loss contribute to the confidence heard in Niniola's music," 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, "Wingsuit flyer from Utah killed in crash in Switzerland," 19 Sep. 2020 Amid a series of campaign appearances in Utah on July 24, Donald Trump Jr. took time to shoot Desert Tech rifles and appeared in promotional images for the company, which is owned by a prominent member of a polygamous sect. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Donald Trump Jr. appeared in promotion for gun company run by prominent member of polygamous group," 19 Aug. 2020 Male great-tailed grackles are polygamous and will mate with three or four females. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "S.A.’s Common Critters: Grackles may be San Antonio’s most hated bird, for their noise and their poop mess," 18 Aug. 2020 Floodwaters also killed a dozen people in a polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border that year. Fox News, "Flash flooding in Utah kills sisters, 7 and 3; body of 1 found 28 miles downstream," 13 May 2020 Equality is a key component of poly culture, and many polygamous marriages can be unequal. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "What you need to know about polyamory — including throuples — but were too afraid to ask," 14 Feb. 2020 Others, though, say that easing restrictions on polygamous marriages won’t do much to help victims and could even make things worse. Time, "Utah Bill Would Reduce Polygamy From a Felony to an Infraction," 11 Feb. 2020 Viewers are introduced to everything from Joe’s country music career to his polygamous relationship. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy Recreated Netflix's 'Tiger King' on TikTok," 7 Apr. 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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The first known use of polygamous was in 1547

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14 Nov 2020

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“Polygamous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygamous. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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