Polygamous
Polygamous Po*lyg"a*mous, a. [Gr. ? living ? polygamy; poly`s many + ? marriage. Cf. {Bigamy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to polygamy; characterized by, or involving, polygamy; having a plurality of wives; as, polygamous marriages; -- opposed to {monogamous}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Pairing with more than one female. [1913 Webster]

Most deer, cattle, and sheep are polygamous. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Belonging to the Polygamia; bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant. [1913 Webster]


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  • polygamous — polygamous. = trimonoecious (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • polygamous — polygamous. См. трехдомный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • polygamous — adjective engaging in bigamy, engaging in unlawful marriage, having multiple husbands, having multiple wives, having plurality of wives or husbands, practicing plural marriage associated concepts: bigamy, monogamy Burton s Legal Thesaurus.… …   Law dictionary

  • polygamous — (adj.) 1610s, from late Gk. polygamos (see POLYGAMY (Cf. polygamy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • polygamous — [pə lig′ə məs, pōlig′ə məs] adj. [Gr polygamos] 1. of, engaging in, or characterized by polygamy 2. Bot. having bisexual flowers and unisexual flowers on the same plant or on different plants polygamously adv …   English World dictionary

  • polygamous — [[t]pəlɪ̱gəməs[/t]] ADJ In a polygamous society, people can be legally married to more than one person at the same time. A polygamous person, especially a man, is married to more than one person. Less than 1 percent of the men in any Muslim… …   English dictionary

  • polygamous — adjective Etymology: Greek polygamos, from poly + gamos gamous Date: 1613 1. a. relating to or practicing polygamy b. having more than one mate at one time < baboons are polygamous > 2. bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polygamous — adj. Polygamous is used with these nouns: ↑marriage …   Collocations dictionary

  • polygamous — poligamai statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Gyvūnų rūšys, kurių patinai poruojasi su keliomis patelėmis (pvz., antys, vištiniai paukščiai, elniai ir kt.). atitikmenys: angl. polygamous vok. Polygam, n rus. полигамы …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • polygamous — polygamy ► NOUN ▪ the practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time. DERIVATIVES polygamist noun polygamous adjective. ORIGIN from Greek polugamos often marrying …   English terms dictionary

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