WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pol•y•an•dry /ˈpɑliˌændri, ˌpɑliˈændri/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
  • the practice of having more than one husband at the same time.
  • See -andro-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    pol•y•an•dry  (polē an′drē, pol′ē an-),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Anthropologythe practice or condition of having more than one husband at one time. Cf.  monandry (def. 1).
    2. Animal Behavior, Zoology(among female animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.
    3. Botanythe state of being polyandrous.
    • Greek polyandría. See poly-, -andry
    • 1770–80

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    polyandry /ˈpɒlɪˌændrɪ/ n
    1. the practice or condition of being married to more than one husband at the same time
    2. the practice in animals of a female mating with more than one male during one breeding season
    3. the condition in flowers of having a large indefinite number of stamens
    Etymology: 18th Century: from Greek poluandria, from poly- + -andria from anēr man

    ˌpolyˈandrous adj

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