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Polygamous

polygamous
1. Of or pertaining to polygamy; characterised by, or involving, polygamy; having a plurality of wives; as, polygamous marriages; opposed to monogamous.
2. (Science: zoology) Pairing with more than one female. Most deer, cattle, and sheep are polygamous. (darwin)
3. (Science: botany) Belonging to the polygamia; bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant.
Origin: Gr. Living polygamy; many – marriage. Cf. Bigamy.


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