polygamous

[puh-lig-uh-muh s]
adjective
  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.

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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Contemporary Examples of polygamous

  • If you have someone who has lived a polygamous life, that would raise questions about their character and ability to obey the law.

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    Herman Cain Speaks on Sex and Politics

    Leslie Bennetts

    January 13, 2012

Historical Examples of polygamous

  • 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
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper