polyandry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polyandry having more than one husband at a time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tibet there is actually a practice called 'polyandry' where many men, usually brothers, marry a single woman. This takes place so that only one set of children will inherit the land.
    • n Polyandry The possession by a woman of more than one husband at the same time; -- contrasted with monandry.☞ In law, this falls under the head of polygamy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polyandry The state of having more husbands than one at the same time; plurality of husbands. Polyandry is believed to have had its origin in unfertile regions, in an endeavor to check the undue pressure of population on the means of subsistence. It formerly prevailed to some extent in Europe, and is now observed in Tibet, Ceylon, parts of India, among certain tribes in America and the islands of the Pacific, etc. It is sometimes limited to the marriage of the woman to two or more brothers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polyandry the social usage of some races in certain stages of civilisation in which the woman normally forms a union with several husbands
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Poly-, + Gr. 'anh`r 'andro`s, man, male: cf. F. polyandrie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. polys, many, anēr, andros, a man.

Usage

In literature:

The temperamental dislike of intelligent women to polygamy is at least as strong as a man's objection to polyandry.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
That polygyny is better than polyandry may be concluded from its effects.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Sir, this is polyandry.
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The New York Idea" by Langdon Mitchell
What has monogamy or polygamy or polyandry to do with this matter?
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906" by Various
Polyandry, which is universally prevalent here, of course interested my curiosity.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
What are its relations to polyandry and polygyny?
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Polyandry, polygamy, and monogamy, have been general among some animals while among others only one form of mating has been the rule.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
Among the few tribes in which polyandry is the rule, especially in Thibet, several brothers generally have the same wife.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Polygamy is frequent, polyandry also occurs, and there are many cases of absolute profligate promiscuity.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Polygamy and polyandry were of later development.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
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In news:

But say an ignoramus like myself began proclaiming that polyandry or polygamy were civil rights, too.
Aspects of US society resemble polyandry .
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