[ en-dog-uh-muhs ]

  1. of or relating to the practice of allowing marriage only within a specific tribe, caste, ethnic or religious group, or other social unit:The Bosnian War restricted social relations between different ethnic groups, intensifying endogamous practices in some villages.

Origin of endogamous

First recorded in 1860–65; endo- + -gamous; coined in by Scottish anthropologist and ethnologist John Ferguson McLennan (1827–1881)
  • Sometimes en·do·gam·ic [en-doh-gam-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk/ .

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