polygyny


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polygyny

 [pah-lij´ĭ-ne]
a form of marriage in which a man has two or more wives at the same time.

polygyny

/po·lyg·y·ny/ (pah-lij´ĭ-ne)
1. polygamy in which a man is married concurrently to more than one woman.
2. animal mating in which the male mates with more than one female.
3. union of two or more female pronuclei with one male pronucleus, resulting in polyploidy of the zygote.

polygyny

A mating system in which one male mates with more than one female.

polygyny

Marriage to more than one woman, simultaneously.

polygyny

a system of POLYGAMY in which the male has several female mating partners at one time. Compare POLYANDRY.

polygyny

1. union of two or more female pronuclei with one male pronucleus, resulting in polyploidy of the zygote.
2. as a male, having more than one mate.
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In his final judgment, Bauman argues that polygyny is an innate biological drive kept in check by the institution of monogamy.
Aquinas's complaint is that both polyandry and polygyny create situations in which the natural desire to engage freely in sexual intercourse is restricted, and that these restrictions lead to conflicts between spouses.
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The author laments that the secularists' strategy lacks any clear indication that they are "winning battles for women or enabling them to win battles" (156), while Islamists, she says, continue to manipulate the religious-legal system to deny any reforms or redress (on issues of leadership, polygyny, divorce, or domestic violence) by equating secular tendencies with "apostasy" (the abandoning of religious principles).
Moreover, even males, for whom it might be argued that polygyny (the one-husband, multiple-wives variety of polygamy which is most common) has some benefits, are, in fact, harmed by the practise.
If the sex ratio, for whatever reason, was unbalanced, as it was among early converts to the Church of the Latter Day Saints, polygyny also was a way for new single young women to be immediately drawn in to an existing family.
In order to evaluate the effects of polyandry and polygyny in the reproductive performance of this species, newly-emerged adults were submitted to either of two treatments: monogamous couples together until death or males and females receiving virgin partners one or three days old every day until death.