Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Bigamous'
adj : of illegal marriage to a second person while legally married
to a first
- Bigamous \Big"a*mous\, a.
Guilty of bigamy; involving bigamy; as, a bigamous marriage.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bigamous'
Polygamy (from πολύς γάμος polys gamos, translated literally in Late Greek as "often married" Though there are three or more parties to such marriages, sexual activities between the parties are normally only heterosexual.
The term is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, sociology, as well as in popular speech. In social anthropology, polygamy is the practice of a person's making him/herself available for two or more spouses to mate with. In contrast, monogamy is a marriage consisting of only two parties. Like monogamy, the term is often used in a de facto sense, applying regardless of whether the relationships are recognized by the state (see marriage for a discussion on the extent to which states can and do recognize potentially and actually polygamous forms as valid). In sociobiology, and zoology polygamy is used in a broad sense to mean any form of multiple mating.[See more about Bigamous at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]