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- the practice or condition of having more than one husband at one time.Compare monandry(def 1).
- (among female animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.
- Botany. the state of being polyandrous.
Origin of polyandry
From the Greek
dating back to 1770–80.
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Derived Formspolyandrous, adjective
- 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
Word Origin for polyandry
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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A practice in which women have two or more husbands at the same time. A rare form of polygamy, polyandry is practiced by only a few cultures. (Compare monogamy.)
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