OTHER WORDS FROM gamygam·i·ly, adverbun·gam·y, adjective
Other definitions for gamy (2 of 2)
Origin of -gamy
WORDS THAT USE -GAMY
What does -gamy mean?
The combining form -gamy is used like a suffix with a variety of meanings. In terms from botany, it typically means “fertilization, pollination.“ In other contexts, -gamy is used to mean “marriage” or “union.”
The form -gamy is also used to form nouns related to terms ending in -gamous. It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
The form -gamy comes from Greek -gamía, meaning “act of marrying.”
What are variants of -gamy?
While -gamy doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the form -gamous, as in cleistogamous. Additional combining forms of the same general origin include gamet-, gameto-, and gamo-. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Examples of -gamy
One example of a word you may have come across that features the form -gamy is polygamy, “the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especially wife, at one time.” Polygamy comes from Greek polygamía, which uses the equivalent form of -gamy.
The form poly- means “many,” from Greek polýs. Here, the form -gamy means “marriage.” Polygamy literally translates to “marriage to many (people).”
What are some words that use the combining form -gamy?
- bigamy (using the equivalent form of -gamy in Latin)
What are some other forms that -gamy may be commonly confused with?
How to use gamy in a sentence
A few seconds later he landed a delicately spotted, gamy fish about eight inches long, which he recognized as a grayling.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
Will the little ogre pass without repugnance from the gamy flavour of a carcase to the scent of flowers?More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
The mountain quails are the largest and most beautiful of all the American quails, though the least hunted and the least gamy.
Like all of the family it is a gamy fish, and affords good sport to the angler.
This species fights altogether on the surface, but lacks the sterling gamy qualities of the tuna.