polygamous

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adjective po·lyg·a·mous \pə-ˈli-gə-məs\

Definition of polygamous

  1. 1a :  relating to or practicing polygamyb :  having more than one mate at one time baboons are polygamous

  2. 2 :  bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant

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Origin and Etymology of polygamous

Greek polygamos, from poly- + -gamos -gamous


First Known Use: 1547


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polygamous

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adjective po·lyg·a·mous \pə-ˈlig-ə-məs\

Medical Definition of polygamous

  1. 1:  relating to or practicing polygamy

  2. 2:  having more than one mate at one time


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