- a combining form with the meaning “having gametes or reproductive organs” of the kind specified by the initial element: heterogamous; also forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -gamy: endogamous.
Origin of -gamous
< Greek -gamos marrying; see -ous
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- denoting marrying or uniting sexuallymonogamous
Word Origin for -gamous
from Greek gamos; see -gamy
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Word Origin and History for -gamous
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- Having a specified number of mates:monogamous.
- Having a specified kind of reproduction or reproductive organs:heterogamous.
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