[puh-lij-uh-nee] /pəˈlɪdʒ ə ni/

the practice or condition of having more than one wife at one time.
(among male animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.
(among social insects) the condition of having two or more functioning queens in a colony.
Botany. the state or condition of having many pistils or styles.
the practice or condition of being married to more than one wife at the same time Compare polygamy
the practice in animals of a male mating with more than one female during one breeding season
the condition in flowers of having many carpels

1780, “condition of having many wives,” from poly- “many” (see poly-) + Greek gyne “woman, wife” (see queen). Related: Polygynous.

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