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English definition of “polygamy”


noun [U]     /pəˈlɪɡ.ə.mi/
the fact or custom of being married to more than one person at the same timeMarriage, cohabitation and other relationships polygamist     /-mɪst/ noun [C] Marriage, cohabitation and other relationships polygamous     /-məs/ adjective a polygamous societyMarriage, cohabitation and other relationships
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