Origin of polyandry
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Polyandry must have been common at one time in southern India.
Polyandry is a survival of the group-marriage of the mother-age.
Polyandry, or the marriage of one female with several males.The Sexual Question
Therefore, where polyandry is in the mores, women who comply with it are not unchaste.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
What has monogamy or polygamy or polyandry to do with this matter?
- the practice or condition of being married to more than one husband at the same timeCompare polygamy
- the practice in animals of a female mating with more than one male during one breeding season
- the condition in flowers of having a large indefinite number of stamens
C18: from Greek poluandria, from poly- + -andria from anēr man
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Word Origin and History for polyandry
1767, nativized form of polyandria. Related: Polyandrist.
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