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  • n. A form of polyandry where a woman is married to two or more brothers.
  • n. Marriage between a brother and a sister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That form of polyandry in which a number of brothers have a wife in common.

Etymologies

From adelpho- + -gamy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - (of muscles) draw towards a central axis. adductor, n. such a muscle. adelphogamy

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  • 1. A form of polyandry in which two or more brothers have or share the same wife, or wives.
    2. Possibly, the marriage of a brother and sister to each other.
    3. In zoology, mating of brothers and sisters, as with certain kinds of ants.
    4. In botany, fertilization between two different individuals derived vegetatively from the same parent plant.

    December 15, 2007