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Definition of polygynous

: relating to or practicing polygyny polygynous species of birds

Examples of polygynous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many animals such as lemurs, elephant seals or many types of fish, mate in polygynous mating systems. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2020 Cousin marriages, polygynous unions and marriages between step-family members were prohibited. Christopher Levenick, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 However, scientists had never before witnessed polygynous behavior in amphibians, Issam Ahmed reports for AFP. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2020 O’Connell tells the Times that scientists had long expected that these kinds of polygynous mating behaviors existed in amphibians. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2020 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, 5 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of polygynous

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Polygynous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygynous. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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