(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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- 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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- Word origin of “polyandry” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- common-law marriage
- open marriage
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyandry.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
polyandry. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/
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“polyandry.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/polyandry/>.