Definition of polygynous in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈlijənəs/


See polygyny

‘It follows that parents who leave wealth to sons in polygynous societies will have, on average, more grandchildren than would parents who left wealth equally to daughters and sons.’
  • ‘I suspect that few American women, for instance, would be that inclined to enter into polygynous (one man, many women) marriages.’
  • ‘They also suggest that individuals are mildly polygynous, having evolved in a system in which one man maintains a harem.’
  • ‘The dispersal of the juveniles differs from that of most other promiscuous or polygynous mammals, being female-biased with a fraction of males remaining philopatric.’
  • ‘We studied sexual selection in the red bishop, a sexually dimorphic and polygynous weaverbird from Southern Africa.’