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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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(116.) See Hagerty, Quietly Engage, supra note 105 (noting the support networks that polygamist women share in).
(122.) Davis, supra note 4, at 1956-57 ("Some have even predicted Big Love might do for polygamists what Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy did for gays: familiarizing the foreign and smoothing the way for recognition and real rights."); John Schwartz, Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law, N.Y.
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A US judge has sentenced a polygamist to 10 years in prison for having sex with his 16-year-old niece.
class="MsoNormalShe protested that Ms Wanjiru, while obtaining the administration letters of the estate, failed to disclose to court a material fact that the deceased was a polygamist with two wives.
A friend of Robyn's has revealed that not only is she expecting her sixth baby, but that she is also still considering leaving her husband and his polygamist family.
The Texas attorney general's office is pursuing legal action to seize the West Texas ranch owned by the polygamist sect led by Warren Jeffs, who is serving life in prison for sexually assaulting young girls.
Texas, Aug 10 (ANI): Polygamist sect leader and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints head Warren Jeffs has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting two under age followers in Texas.