/pol'ee an"dreuhs/, adj.
1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry; polyandric.
2. Bot. having an indefinite number of stamens.
[1820-30; < Gk polyándros having many husbands. See POLY-, -ANDROUS]

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  • Polyandrous — Pol y*an drous, a. (Bot.) Belonging to the class Polyandria; having many stamens, or any number above twenty, inserted in the receptacle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polyandrous — (adj.) 1830, in botany, having numerous stamens, from Gk. polyandros, from poly (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + andr , stem of aner man, husband (see ANTHROPO (Cf. anthropo )). From 1865 as having more than one husband …   Etymology dictionary

  • polyandrous — [päl΄ē an′drəs] adj. [Gr polyandros] 1. practicing polyandry 2. of or characterized by polyandry 3. Bot. having many stamens …   English World dictionary

  • polyandrous — polyandry ► NOUN ▪ polygamy in which a woman has more than one husband. DERIVATIVES polyandrous adjective. ORIGIN from Greek an r male …   English terms dictionary

  • polyandrous — adjective see polyandry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polyandrous — adjective Of or pertaining to polyandry …   Wiktionary

  • polyandrous — pol·y·an·drous || ‚pÉ‘lɪ ændrÉ™s /‚pÉ’l adj. having many husbands at once, being married to several men at once; having many stamens, having many pollen producing organs (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polyandrous — poly·an·drous …   English syllables

  • polyandrous — See: polyandry …   English dictionary

  • polyandrous — pol•y•an•drous [[t]ˌpɒl iˈæn drəs[/t]] adj. 1) ant of, pertaining to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry 2) bot having an indefinite number of stamens • Etymology: 1820–30; < Gk polyándros having many husbands. See poly , androus …   From formal English to slang

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