polygynandry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From polygyn(y) + (poly)andry.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɒlɪdʒᵻˈnandɹi/

Noun[edit]

polygynandry ‎(uncountable)

  1. (anthropology, zoology) A mating pattern involving multiple males and multiple females. [from 20th c.]
    • 2016, David P. Barash, Out of Eden, Oxford 2016, p. 29:
      If you've never heard of polygynandry before, this isn't surprising because it is a very unusual mating system, found only in a tiny number of vertebrate species and in no other primates.

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