[ puh-lij-uh-nuh s ]
/ pəˈlɪdʒ ə nəs /


of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygyny.
Botany. having many pistils or styles.

Origin of polygynous

First recorded in 1840–50; polygyn(y) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for polygynous

  • In the code of polygynous etiquette, the first wife takes precedence over the others, and each wife has her own cooking utensils.

  • Woman, on the other hand, cannot be said to be by her physical nature polyandrous as man is polygynous.

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