[puh-lig-uh-muh s] /pəˈlɪg ə məs/

of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing ; polygamic.
Botany. bearing both unisexual and hermaphrodite flowers on the same or on different plants of the same species.

1610s, from polygamy + -ous, or else from Late Greek polygamos “often married.” Related: Polygamously.


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