What does Polycule mean?

A network of people in non-monogamous relationships

Ever heard of a polycule? It’s a fun and interesting term in the world of polyamory. Polyamory is when someone has more than one romantic partner at the same time, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. A polycule is a group or network of these polyamorous relationships that are all connected in some way.

Let’s say Sara is dating both Tim and John. Tim and John are also dating Amy and Jack respectively. In this case, Sara might refer to Tim, John, Amy, and Jack (and any other connected partners) as part of her polycule.

Wondering where the term comes from? It’s a blend of the words polyamorous and molecule. The people in polyamorous relationships started using it because when they draw out their relationships, the diagrams often look like the structure of a molecule. And just like in a molecule, the bonds in a polycule are based on attraction.

Example for using ‘Polycule’ in a conversation

Hey, guess what? I just found out I’m part of a polycule! πŸŽ‰

Oh, really? What’s a polycule? πŸ€”

It’s like a network of interconnected relationships. So, for example, if I’m dating Karl, and Karl is dating Mike, and Mike is dating Luke and Penelope, we’re all part of the same polycule. πŸ˜„

Wow, that’s interesting! So, it’s like a big web of connections, right? πŸ•ΈοΈ