adelphogamy

1. (noun) A marriage in which brothers share one or more wives.

2. (noun) A marriage between a brother and sister.

Example: Brothers and sisters from royal families in ancient Egypt would marry to perpetuate the royal lineage.

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Usage Notes:

  • A type of polyandry.
  • Also called:
    • adelphic polyandry
    • fraternal polyandry
  • Adelphogamy used in a sentence: Morgan, a woman, married Kelly and Reese who were brothers to form an adelphogamic relationship.
  • A brother and sister who are married are in an (adjective) adelphogamic or (adjective) adelphogamous relationship.

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Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

 

How to Cite the Definition of Adelphogamy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “adelphogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/adelphogamy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

adelphogamy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/adelphogamy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “adelphogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/adelphogamy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“adelphogamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/adelphogamy/>.