sororate

noun
so·ro·rate | \sə-ˈrȯr-ət \

Definition of sororate 

: the marriage of one man to two or more sisters usually successively and after the first wife has been found to be barren or after her death

First Known Use of sororate

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sororate

Latin soror

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