1. with regard to animals, a mating system wherein a male mates with two or more females, but a female mates with just one male. 2. marriage of a man to two or more wives at the same time, that is an approved tradition in particular societies.

POLYGYNY: "Polygyny is not uncommon in certain societies, but is often viewed with disdain from outsiders."
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