polyandry

(noun) Any condition or practice of a woman having multiple husbands at the same time.

Example: The Toda people who live in southern India traditionally practiced polyandry but the practice is waning. The Todas specifically practiced fraternal polyandry (also called adelphic polyandry) in which a woman marries two brothers.

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Usage Notes:

  • A type of polyamory and polygamy.
  • Type: adelphogamy
  • Polyandry used in a sentence: My mother practiced polyandry.
  • A (noun) polyandrist engages in a (adjective) polyandric or (adjective) polyandrous or (adjective) polyandristic relationship.

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