polygamous

adjective

po·​lyg·​a·​mous pə-ˈli-gə-məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio)
1
a
: 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 The members were active on social media and shared Jamal’s videos, disconnected from family and friends, quit their jobs, meditated outside without clothes, and had polygamous relationships, police said. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 In this week’s edition: The up-and-coming sport of competitive Excel The opioid epidemic at sea Running away from a polygamous cult The art of worm grunting The complexities of using parents as content 1. Longreads, 14 June 2024 The series chronicles his dad’s polygamous lifestyle in Utah, where Kody has multiple wives. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 5 Mar. 2024 Authorities said believers have been active on social media and shared Jamal’s videos, disconnected from family and friends, quit their jobs, meditated outside without clothes and had polygamous relationships. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for polygamous 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Medieval Latin & Greek; Medieval Latin polygamus, borrowed from Greek polýgamos "married several times," from poly- poly- + -gamos -gamous

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of polygamous was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Polygamous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygamous. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

polygamous

adjective
po·​lyg·​a·​mous pə-ˈlig-ə-məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio)
1
: of or relating to marriage in which a spouse has more than one mate at one time
2
: having more than one mate at one time
polygamist
-məst
noun
polygamy
-mē
noun

Medical Definition

polygamous

adjective
po·​lyg·​a·​mous pə-ˈlig-ə-məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio)
1
: relating to or practicing polygamy
2
: having more than one mate at one time

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