adjective /pəˈlɪdʒɪnəs/
a) Having many styles; belonging to the order Polygynia; polygynian.
b) Having more than one female as wife or mate; practicing polygyny.
See Also: polygyny

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  • Polygynous — Polygynian Pol y*gyn i*an, Polygynous Po*lyg y*nous, a. (Bot.) Having many styles; belonging to the order Polygynia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polygynous — adjective Date: 1874 relating to or practicing polygyny < polygynous species of birds > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polygynous — polygyny ► NOUN ▪ polygamy in which a man has more than one wife. DERIVATIVES polygynous adjective. ORIGIN from Greek gun woman …   English terms dictionary

  • polygynous — /peuh lij euh neuhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polygyny. 2. Bot. having many pistils or styles. [1840 50; POLYGYN(Y) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • polygynous — pÉ™ lɪdʒɪnÉ™s , gɪnÉ™s adj. married to more than one woman simultaneously, polygamous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polygynous — po·lyg·y·nous …   English syllables

  • polygynous — /pəˈlɪdʒənəs/ (say puh lijuhnuhs) adjective 1. of, relating to, characterised by, or practising polygyny. 2. characterised by plurality of wives for one husband …   Australian English dictionary

  • polygynous — adjective having more than one wife at a time • Similar to: ↑polygamous • Derivationally related forms: ↑polygyny …   Useful english dictionary

  • reproductive behaviour — In animals, any activity directed toward perpetuation of a species. Sexual reproduction, the most common mode, occurs when a female s egg is fertilized by a male s sperm. The resulting unique combination of genes produces genetic variety that… …   Universalium

  • Polygyny — (which comes from neo Greek: πολύ poly many + γυνή gyny woman ) is a specific form of polygamy, where a male individual is recognized to have more than one female sexual partner or wife at the same time. It is distinguished from a man having… …   Wikipedia

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