polygyny

noun po·lyg·y·ny \ pə-ˈli-jə-nē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of polygyny

: the state or practice of having more than one wife or female mate at a time — compare polyandry, polygamy

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First Known Use of polygyny

1780


Medical Dictionary

polygyny

noun po·lyg·y·ny \ pə-ˈlij-ə-nē \

medical Definition of polygyny

plural polygynies
: the state or practice of having more than one wife or female mate at one time — compare polyandry, polygamy

polygynous

play \-nəs\ adjective

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