from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of marriage in which a group of menare considered the husbands of a group of women.
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Expect babies, kittens, snuggling, and all the other ridiculously self-indulgent bullshit that you could possibly want in your group-marriage futurefic.
Human Marriage_, maintains a skeptical opinion in regard to group-marriage generally; he thinks the Urabunna custom may have developed out of ordinary individual marriage, and regards the group-marriage theory as "the residuary legatee of the old theory of promiscuity."
The most primitive form of complex human marriage which has yet been demonstrated as still in existence is what is called group-marriage, in which all the women of one class are regarded as the actual, or at all events potential, wives of all the men in another class.
a survival of group-marriage perhaps persisting in the much-discussed _jus primæ noctis_.