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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How to Cite the Definition of Polyandry

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyandry.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyandry.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“polyandry.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/>.