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Polyandry is a marital practice in which a woman has more than one husband simultaneously.

In rural regions of India, Nepal, China (in particular, Yunnan province) and surrounding nations, fraternal polyandry, in which two (or more) brothers marry the same woman, is culturally accepted. Polyandry is also the accepted norm in a few Indian and African societies.

Compare polygyny, polygamy, polyamory.

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