- (among primitive peoples) a form of marriage in which a group of males is united with a group of females to form a single conjugal unit.
Origin of group marriage
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called communal marriage.
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Examples from the Web for group marriage
Polyandry is a survival of the group-marriage of the mother-age.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
This is true also of forms of group-marriage other than those mentioned above.
The subject of group-marriage is one about which I do not find it possible to speak so dogmatically.Kinship and Social Organisation
W. H. R. Rivers
But there is also a second form, which, though less frequent, is of greatest importance for an interpretation of group-marriage.
There is also, of course, a form of group-marriage that differs from 'Pirrauru marriage,' and is apparently simpler.
- an arrangement in which several males live together with several females, forming a conjugal unit
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