Definition of Polyandry
(noun) Any condition or practice of a female having multiple husbands at the same time.
Example of Polyandry
- 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 female marries two brothers.
- American English – /pAHl-ee-an-dree/
- British English – /pOl-ian-dree/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpɑliˌændri/
- British English – /ˌpɒlɪˈandri/
- A type of polyamory and polygamy.
- Polyandry is the opposite of monandry.
- Type: adelphogamy
- A (noun) polyandrist engages in a (adjective) polyandric or (adjective) polyandrous or (adjective) polyandristic relationship.
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