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see marriagemarriage,
socially sanctioned union that reproduces the family. In all societies the choice of partners is generally guided by rules of exogamy (the obligation to marry outside a group); some societies also have rules of endogamy (the obligation to marry within a group).
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a form of plural marriage (POLYGAMY) where a woman has more than one husband. It is regarded as a functional strategy for ensuring reproductive stability when there is a shortage of women. Compare POLYGYNY.



a rare vestigial form of group marriage in which one woman has several husbands. In the 19th century, polyandry was still extant, particularly among the Aleuts and some groups of Eskimos; it existed even later among some ethnographic groups of Tibet and Hindustan. Polyandry may be fraternal, as among the Tibetans, or unrelated, as in South India.


1. the practice or condition of being married to more than one husband at the same time
2. the practice in animals of a female mating with more than one male during one breeding season
3. the condition in flowers of having a large indefinite number of stamens
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Among the Naik, polyandrous Khasa of Kumaon in India, extra-marital sexual relations were so much that it had threatened the very durability of the family unit (Majumdar 1962).
1983: Population studies of the polyandrous spotted sandpiper.
Interestingly, Sculley and Boggs (1996) found that old females in some polyandrous species show a negative correlation between lifetime number of matings and frequency of mud puddling, indicating that male transfer of sodium may be important in polyandrous species.
Although females in all species had a higher proportion of their total resources allocated to abdomen than did males, this sexual difference was most profound in monandrous species and almost gone in heavily polyandrous species (table 1).
Of the species included above, the polyandrous species would fit equally well below.
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1998) confirmed the polyandrous nature of this crab species by analyzing the contents of female spermathecae and finding multiple ejaculates from different males.
The Uniform Civil Code banning triple-talaq by Muslims hence becomes quite part of the argument of the Sangh Parivar that Muslims are breeding all too fast because if their polyandrous lifestyle and large families, and would overwhelm the Hindus in a short while, reducing them to a minority in their only home on earth.
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However, the author is not in a position to surely say anything about the implications like polyandrous relationships and homosexual relationships because these depend on the mindset of the individuals.
Monogamy is strictly practiced in Cofan, Kichwa and Secoya communities, (18) and it is the norm among the Shuar, although they occasionally practice polygamy as well; (19) polygamous, polyandrous and monogamous mating schemes are all acceptable among the Waorani.