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monogamy

[muh-nog-uh-mee]
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noun
  1. marriage with only one person at a time.Compare bigamy, polygamy.
  2. Zoology. the practice of having only one mate.
  3. the practice of marrying only once during life.
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Compare digamy.

Origin of monogamy

1605–15; < Late Latin monogamia < Greek monogamía. See mono-, -gamy
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British Dictionary definitions for monogamy

monogamy

noun
  1. the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of timeCompare bigamy, polygamy (def. 1), digamy
  2. zoology the practice of having only one mate
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Derived Formsmonogamous, adjectivemonogamously, adverbmonogamousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy
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Word Origin and History for monogamy

n.

1610s, from French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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monogamy in Medicine

monogamy

(mə-nŏgə-mē)
n.
  1. The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.
  2. The condition of having only one mate.
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Related formsmo•noga•mous adj.
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monogamy in Culture

monogamy

[(muh-nog-uh-mee)]

A form of marriage in which one man is united with one woman. (Compare polyandry and polygamy.)

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