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polygamy

 [pah-lig´ah-me]
the practice of having two or more spouses at one time.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
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polygamy

A marriage comprised of more than two partners.
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polygamy

Marriage to more than one spouse, simultaneously.
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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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(32) None address the actual mechanisms of regulation or suggest procedures that would attract polygamists to utilize and participate in the legal regulation process.
Following the recent court ruling, Williams said now is the time for polygamists to show they are deserving of the recognition by putting an end to the misogyny rampant among the culture and putting women on equal footing as men.
The legalization and regulation of polygamy remain relatively impractical unless we know how polygamists will file and pay their taxes; polygamists, like most Americans, must earn income.
The polygamists All Red and Musser stay for a week.
Therefore, religion ought not to provide shield or shelter for polygamists, and the men who perpetrate it ought to be prosecuted.
Over time, they came to believe I could tell a fair story." Adams says she writes for both the polygamist and the typical Tribune reader.
Although, to keep from exploding in anger, I do try to think of all polygamist men as fat little creatures 4'9" in height with hairy long arms and short penises.
The most striking thing about HBO's captivating new drama "Big Love" is that it starts in the middle, without pause for background or explanation, chronicling the life of a polygamist and his three wives as if they were just another family, with more complicated issues.
Polygamy, though now illegal, also left Utah with an advantage as a DNA laboratory: Because thousands of families are descended from polygamists, the genes of a relatively small group of men have been amplified in the biological record, allowing researchers to follow their trail through offspring with different women.
They condemned Mormon polygamists as supporters of self-indulgence and passion, declaring them a major threat to the sanctity of marriage and religious liberty.
Utah is more than 70 percent Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes drinking--those who admit to it may not enter the church's temples--and excommunicates polygamists, who remain part of the church's history and the state's present.