- 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.
Origin of -gamy
combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying
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- denoting marriage or sexual unionbigamy
Word Origin for -gamy
from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage
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word-forming element meaning "marriage; fertilization," from Greek -gamia, from gamos "marriage" (see gamete).
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- Marriage; mate:monogamy.
- Procreative or propagative union:heterogamy.
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