from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or practice of having one husband at a time.
- n. Botany The condition of being monandrous.
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- n. The possession by a woman of only one husband at one time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The possession by a woman of only one husband at the same time; -- contrasted with polyandry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The monandrous state; the practice of having only one husband.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of having only one husband at a time
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But because males are haploid (and assuming monandry), her sisters share 75% of her genes.
In fact, assuming monandry, 75% of her genes are found in the next generation's queen, but that is still more than if she directly reproduced.
Consequently, female workers share up to 75% (assuming monandry) of their genes.
During the past fifty years, these people have made rapid strides toward civilization, monandry and monogamy taking the places of polyandry and polygamy, and fifty or a hundred years hence, this matriarchate will, in all probability, entirely disappear.
Polyandry gives women certain privileges which monandry denies, and she is not slow to seize on these prerogatives, and to use them in the furtherance of her own welfare.
Wilutzky  thinks that child marriage amongst savages began in the desire of a man to get a wife to himself (monandry) out of the primitive communalism, without violating the customs of ancestors.