Monogamy Mo*nog"a*my, n. [L. monogamia, Gr. ?: cf. F. monogamie.] 1. Single marriage; marriage with but one person, husband or wife, at the same time; -- opposed to {polygamy}. Also, one marriage only during life; -- opposed to {deuterogamy}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) State of being paired with a single mate. [1913 Webster]

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