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Topic: FAMILY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: monogamie, from Late Latin, from Greek, from mono- ( MONO-) + gamos 'marriage'

monogamy

noun
     
mo‧nog‧a‧my [uncountable]
1SSF the custom of being married to only one husband or wife [↪ bigamy, polygamy]
2 when a person or animal has a sexual relationship with only one partner:
Monogamy is rare in most animal groups, but is common among birds.
monogamous adjective:
We live in a monogamous society.
monogamously adverb
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