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Definition of "polyandry" [pol•y•an•dry]

  • The condition or practice of having more than one husband at one time. (noun)
  • Zoology A mating pattern in which a female mates with more than one male in a single breeding season. (noun)
  • Botany The condition of being polyandrous. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "polyandry" in a sentence
  • "But in fact “polygamy” means having more than one spouse at a time, including both polygyny and polyandry, which is having more than one male spouse at a time."
  • "The man alone has any initiative; but he has no access to the woman; besides, as we have seen, the difficulty created by male license is not polygyny but polyandry, which is not allowed."
  • "Comment Good news for fans of polyandry, which is the practice ..."