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.
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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