Polygamy

Po*lyg"a*my

(?), n. [Gr. ; cf. F. polygamie.] 1. The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry.
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2. (Zol.) The state or habit of having more than one mate.
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3. (Bot.) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
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