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Harem vs. Polygamy

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Haremnoun

The private part of an Arab household, traditionally forbidden to male strangers.

Polygamynoun

The condition of having more than one spouse or marriage partner at one time.

Haremnoun

A group of someone's girlfriends, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.

Polygamynoun

Specifically, polygyny, the marriage of a man to more than one wife, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time.

‘The Islamic form of polygamy is a husband with up to four wives.’;

Haremnoun

A group of female animals (cows) herded and controlled by a male animal (bull) of that species for breeding purposes. Such behaviour is exhibited by bovids including cattle and buffalo as well as moose, elephants, seals, sea lions, baboons, and elephant seals.

Polygamynoun

(zoology) The state or habit of having more than one sexual mate.

‘An insect queen actually practices polygamy only one day, while for an alpha-male defending his harem is the very essence of both his status and polygamy.’;

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Haremnoun

(slang) Any significant number of women together as a group; a bevy.

Polygamynoun

(botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

Haremnoun

(uncountable) A genre of anime and manga in which a man is the love interest of three or more women.

Polygamynoun

The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; - opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry.

Haremnoun

The apartments or portion of the house allotted to females in Mohammedan families.

Polygamynoun

The state or habit of having more than one mate.

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Haremnoun

The family of wives and concubines belonging to one man, in Mohammedan countries; a seraglio.

Polygamynoun

The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

Haremnoun

living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household

Polygamynoun

having more than one spouse at a time

Harem

Harem (Arabic: حريم‎ ḥarīm, ) properly refers to domestic spaces that are reserved for the women of the house in a Muslim family. This private space has been traditionally understood as serving the purposes of maintaining the modesty, privilege, and seclusion of women from other men.

‘a sacred inviolable place; harem; female members of the family’;

Polygamy

Polygamy (from Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamía, ) is the practice of marrying multiple spouses. When a man is married to more than one wife at the same time, sociologists call this polygyny.

‘state of marriage to many spouses’;

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