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Polygamy vs. Polygyny

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Main Difference

The main difference between Polygamy and Polygyny is that the Polygamy is a practice of marrying multiple spouses and Polygyny is a plural marriage with a man having more than one wife simultaneously.

Wikipedia
  • Polygamy (noun)

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

  • Polygamy (noun)

    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."

  • Polygamy (noun)

    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."

  • Polygamy (noun)

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

  • Polygyny (noun)

    The state or practice of having several wives at the same time; plurality of wives; marriage to several wives.

    "The Principles of Sociology}} |author=w|Herbert Spencer |year=1883 |page=685 |passage=We may infer that in most cases where polygyny exists, monogamy co-exists to a greater extent, and in all other cases to a considerable extent."

  • Polygyny (noun)

    The condition of an ant colony that has multiple egg-laying queens.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Polygamy (noun)

    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.

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The state or habit of having more than one mate.

  • Polygamy (noun)

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

  • Polygyny (noun)

    The state or practice of having several wives at the same time; marriage to several wives.

Webster Dictionary
  • Polygamy (noun)

    having more than one spouse at a time

  • Polygyny (noun)

    having more than one wife at a time

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