Definition of polygynous in English:

polygynous

adjective

  • See polygyny

    • ‘We studied sexual selection in the red bishop, a sexually dimorphic and polygynous weaverbird from Southern Africa.’
    • ‘It follows that parents who leave wealth to sons in polygynous societies will have, on average, more grandchildren than would parents who left wealth equally to daughters and sons.’
    • ‘They also suggest that individuals are mildly polygynous, having evolved in a system in which one man maintains a harem.’
    • ‘The dispersal of the juveniles differs from that of most other promiscuous or polygynous mammals, being female-biased with a fraction of males remaining philopatric.’
    • ‘I suspect that few American women, for instance, would be that inclined to enter into polygynous (one man, many women) marriages.’

Pronunciation

polygynous

/pəˈlɪdʒɪnəs/