Polygynous or Polyandrous Family, Definition(s) of

  • A (36)
  • B (19)
  • C (58)
  • D (26)
  • E (34)
  • F (43)
  • G (20)
  • H (19)
  • I (27)
  • J (11)
  • K (1)
  • L (16)
  • M (27)
  • N (18)
  • O (18)
  • P (33)
  • Q (5)
  • R (30)
  • S (59)
  • T (16)
  • U (4)
  • V (7)
  • W (39)

“Families may be polygynous or polyandrous...that is, consist of a man or woman with more than one spouse and corresponding sets of children, though often each co-spouse may form a separate household with his or, more often, her children” (Parkin, 1997, p. 29).

Glossary Source: 

Parkin, R. (1997). Kinship: An introduction to basic concepts. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.