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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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Up to 150,000 polygamists live in the United States as outlaws on the margins of society.
Still, aside from a glancing mention of tax evasion, no scholarship has analyzed the tax environment polygamists face.
Dad has been saying "forget it, forget it" since he became involved with the polygamists out of Short Creek.
Although Utah has outlawed polygamy, as has the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (more commonly referred to as the Mormons) Adams estimates there are about 25,000 to 30,000 members of polygamist or "plural life" families in her state.
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Recent segments have included Professor Ruth Hargrove on the police shooting incident involving San Diego Charger Steve Foley, while Associate Dean Janet Bowermaster discussed the legal and cultural aspects of polygamy in the case against polygamist Warren Jeffs.
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.
In the recent book Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution, political scientist and lawyer Evan Gerstmann argues that polygamyis different since the would-be polygamist can still marry the person of his first choice.
The case was the first brought against a polygamist in the United States in nearly 50 years and put the spotlight on Utah, where plural marriages once thrived among Mormon pioneers.
In one of the most powerful stories, "The Polygamy of Language," a renegade linguist (of sorts) attempts to solve "the problem of all possible language," beginning with killing his two polygamist neighbors.
Joseph Musser was an excommunicated stake officer and son of a prominent Mormon, assistant church historian and polygamist Amos Milton Musser.
When I was at school in Australia, I was struggling with my identity: the Western stereotype of the Arab Muslim world as uncultured, uneducated, terrorist, polygamist with oppressed women did not match up to any of my extended circle of family and friends.