polygamous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj polygamous having several forms of gametoecia on the same plant
    • adj polygamous having more than one mate at a time; used of relationships and individuals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Polygamous (Bot) Belonging to the Polygamia; bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant.
    • Polygamous Of or pertaining to polygamy; characterized by, or involving, polygamy; having a plurality of wives; as, polygamous marriages; -- opposed to monogamous.
    • Polygamous (Zoöl) Pairing with more than one female. "Most deer, cattle, and sheep are polygamous ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • polygamous Relating to or characterized by polygamy: as, polygamous marriage (a union including more than one spouse of either sex, sanctioned in respect to plurality of wives by the law of some countries, but not recognized as marriage by the law of Christian states).
    • polygamous In zoöl mating with more than one individual of the opposite sex; polyandrous or polygynous, especially the latter, which is more frequent among animals than the former.
    • polygamous In botany, bearing both unisexual and bisexual or hermaphroditic flowers in the same species. According to the tendency to become either monæcious or dioecious, they are called monœciously or diœciously polygamous respectively. In the case of mosses having both barren and fertile inflorescences (flowers) variously disposed on the same plant, polygamous is also used for polygamian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Polygamous relating to polygamy:
    • adj Polygamous (bot.) a term applied to plants which bear both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers, either on the same or on different individual plants
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. living polygamy; poly`s many + marriage. Cf. Bigamy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—polys, many, gamos, marriage.

Usage

In literature:

Men are polygamous animals, and we women have to make up our minds to it.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
These are not the fathers of polygamous families.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
Serve you right, my polygamous poet.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
She relinquished all pleasure for the real work of studying deeply the anomaly of a Polygamous hierarchy thriving in the heart of the Republic.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
It only shows how fascinating you are with the polygamous sex.
"Four Days" by Hetty Hemenway
Or do you hold with these drawing-room philosophers that man is by nature polygamous?
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
One of the best-known polygamous birds of North America is the Wild Turkey.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Even in polygamous Arabia he is looked upon as a much-married man.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Almost it might have a quality of pluming and boasting, a gross acceptance of man's polygamous potentialities.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
The war is, perhaps, severest between the males of polygamous animals, and these seem oftenest provided with special weapons.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
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In news:

It looks like polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is weighing in on sex education.
Attorneys defending a polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border against allegations of civil rights violations want a change of venue .
But there's a big concern that it could bring an unwanted suitor: the neighboring polygamous town.
(Indeed, according to demographers, less than 5 percent of marriages are polygamous in the Middle East , with polygamy formally outlawed in both Morocco and Tunisia.
Only Grocery Store Closes Again In Polygamous Town.
Polygamous community grocery store shuttered again.
Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn't sexist, and blonds are more attractive.
Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is in critical condition after being rushed to a Texas hospital on Tuesday, a prison official said.
The United States Justice Department are suing two polygamous towns, Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
Polygamous town target of Arizona lawmakers.
Until the raid, of the polygamous sect, most Americans had never heard of FLDS, the mysterious sect at the center of this case.
State officials on Friday began the long-overdue process of formulating a plan to redistribute property and businesses on the Utah-Arizona border belonging to a polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs.
Discrimination case against polygamous towns won't move to Utah.
No move to Utah for polygamous town discrimination case.
France, home to the largest Islamic population in Western Europe, was estimated in 2006 to host 16,000 to 20,000 polygamous families — almost all Muslim — containing 180,000 total people, including children.
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In science:

Thus it would seem that if B and RB are entangled on Bob’s space-like slice, the same must be true on Alice’s, and this leads to the unallowed polygamous entanglement that AMPS base their argument on.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
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