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polygamy

 [pah-lig´ah-me]
the practice of having two or more spouses at one time.

polygamy

/po·lyg·a·my/ (pah-lig´ah-me)
1. the concurrent marriage of a woman or man to more than one spouse.
2. animal mating in which the individual mates with more than one partner.

polygamy

(pə-lĭg′ə-mē)
n.
1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.

polygamy

A marriage comprised of more than two partners.

polygamy

Marriage to more than one spouse, simultaneously.

polygamy

a mating system of animals in which one sexual partner mates with several of the opposite sex (see POLYANDRY, POLYGYNY). Polygyny is the most common form, and would seem to be present when one parent (usually the male) does not play a large part in rearing the young.
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This article proposes a regulatory solution that will bring these practicing polygamists out into the light and under the protection and mandates of the law.
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He has led several notable reporting efforts in San Angelo, including a recent special report on the oil boom in the region and 2011's "Fall of a Prophet," an in-depth investigation of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The controversy sparked off after Schweitzer had earlier said in an interview, "I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of polygamy," but he then went on to say that Romney wasn't interested in claiming ties with the Hispanic community even though his father was born in Mexico because "then he'd have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico.
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Mrs Hynes' argument is in defence of open-air funeral pyres, but equally it could be used by Jivaro Indians demanding the right to wear, in public, necklaces of shrunken heads while celebrating a polygamist wedding ceremony.