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polyandry

Word definitions for polyandry in dictionaries

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. having more than one husband at a time

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Polyandry (; from poly- , "many" and ἀνήρ anēr , "man") involves marriage that includes more than two partners and can fall under the broader category of polyamory . More specifically, it is a form of polygamy , where a woman takes two or more husbands ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 (sense: marital) The having of a plurality of husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a woman to more than one man, or the practice of having several husbands, at the same time. 2 (sense: zoological) The mating pattern whereby a female ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1767, nativized form of polyandria . Related: Polyandrist .

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Polyandry \Pol`y*an"dry\, n. [Poly- + Gr. 'anh`r, 'andro`s, man, male: cf. F. polyandrie.] The possession by a woman of more than one husband at the same time; -- contrasted with monandry . Note: In law, this falls under the head of polygamy.

Usage examples of polyandry.

The natural foundation of the institution of monogamy is not any inherent viciousness in polygyny or polyandry, but the hard fact that men and women are born in about equal numbers.

On the other hand, women object to polyandry, because polyandry enables the best women to monopolize all the men, just as polygyny enables the best men to monopolize all the women.

But polygyny would condemn a great many men, and polyandry a great many women, to the celibacy of neglect.

Therefore polygyny and polyandry as a means of educating children fall to the ground, and with them, I think, must go the opinion which has been expressed by Gladstone and others, that an extension of divorce, whilst admitting many new grounds for it, might exclude the ground of adultery.

Because of this and because of the length of time a ship may be at sea, our women practice polyandry, and it has worked well over the years.

Into the modern Utopia there must have entered the mental tendencies and origins that give our own world the polygamy of the Zulus and of Utah, the polyandry of Tibet, the latitudes of experiment permitted in the United States, and the divorceless wedlock of Comte.

Given polyandry and polygamy and everybody could spread their sex around as far as they wanted.

In Tibet one finds polygamy and polyandry, but most people are monogamous.

She knew polyandry and group marriages were common practices in those cultures so why did it surprise her so much when they offered it to her.

Some of them go in for polyandry, and they like men herculean, so beware!

Into the modern Utopia there must have entered the mental tendencies and origins that give our own world the polygamy of the Zulus and of Utah, the polyandry of Tibet, the latitudes of experiment permitted in the United States, and the divorceless wedlock of Comte.

Pointing to its effect on the agricultural workforce, he ascribed it to polyandry (the custom by which a woman was shared by a number of husbands, usually brothers), venereal disease and the drain into the monasteries and convents, where celibacy was the rule.

Only among a minority of species, such as the tropical jacanas and southerly populations of Spotted Sandpipers, is polyandry frequent or routine.

Unlike the genetic unprofitability of polyandry for Tre-ba women, polygyny paid off well for nineteenth-century Mormon men, whose average lifetime output of children increased from a mere seven children for Mormon men with one wife to sixteen or twenty children for men with two or three wives, respectively, and to twenty-five children for Mormon church leaders, who averaged five wives.