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[puh-lig-uh-muh s]
  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygamy; polygamic.
  2. Botany. bearing both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers on the same or on different plants of the same species.
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Origin of polygamous

From the Greek word polýgamos, dating back to 1605–15. See poly-, -gamous
Related formspo·lyg·a·mous·ly, adverb
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  • The stickleback is passionate, polygamous and very jealous of rivals.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • While some men have monogamous instincts others are polygamous.

  • Men are polygamous animals, and we women have to make up our minds to it.

  • It only shows how fascinating you are with the polygamous sex.

    Four Days

    Hetty Hemenway

  • This was accounted for by the fact that there were no old maids in that polygamous country.

Word Origin and History for polygamous


1610s, from polygamy + -ous, or else from Late Greek polygamos "often married." Related: Polygamously.

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