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[ pol-ee-an-druh s ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈæn drəs /


of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry; polyandric.
Botany. having an indefinite number of stamens.

Nearby words

polyamorous, polyamory, polyandria, polyandric, polyandrist, polyandrous, polyandry, polyangiitis, polyangular, polyanion, polyanthus

Origin of polyandrous

First recorded in 1820–30, polyandrous is from the Greek word polyándros having many husbands. See poly-, -androus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for polyandrous



1764, in botany, "having numerous stamens," from poly- + stem of aner "man, husband" (see anthropo-). From 1854 of humans, "having more than one husband." Greek polyandros meant "numerous" (of persons), "populous" (of places); polyanor meant "of many husbands."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for polyandrous


[ pŏl′ē-ăndrəs ]

Relating to a species of animals in which the females mate with more than one male in a single breeding season.
Relating to an angiosperm plant that has an indefinite number of stamens in its flowers.
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