polygyny

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From Ancient Greek πολύ(polú, many) + γυνή(gunḗ, woman, wife); synchronically, poly- +‎ -gyny.

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  • IPA(key): /pəˈlɪdʒɪnɪ/

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polygyny ‎(plural polygynies)

  1. The state or practice of having several wives at the same time; plurality of wives; marriage to several wives.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Herbert Spencer to this entry?)
  2. The condition of an ant colony that has multiple egg-laying queens.

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