-gamy


a combining form with the meanings “marriage,” “union,” “fertilization, pollination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: exogamy; plastogamy; allogamy; also forming nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gamous: heterogamy.

Nearby words

  1. -fuge,
  2. -ful,
  3. -fy,
  4. -gaited,
  5. -gamous,
  6. -gate,
  7. -gen,
  8. -gene,
  9. -genesis,
  10. -genetic

Origin of -gamy

combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying

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British Dictionary definitions for -gamy

-gamy

n combining form

denoting marriage or sexual unionbigamy

Word Origin for -gamy

from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage

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Word Origin and History for -gamy

-gamy

word-forming element meaning "marriage; fertilization," from Greek -gamia, from gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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Medicine definitions for -gamy

-gamy

suff.

Marriage; mate:monogamy.
Procreative or propagative union:heterogamy.

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