polygynous

adjective
po·​lyg·​y·​nous | \pə-ˈli-jə-nəs \

Definition of polygynous 

: relating to or practicing polygyny polygynous species of birds

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The first is that in polygynous species, males are generally larger than females, because of the need to compete for access to females. James Ryerson, New York Times, "Book Review Newsletter," 5 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of polygynous

1874, in the meaning defined above

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