Origin of endogamy

First recorded in 1860–65; endo- + -gamy
Related formsen·dog·a·mous, en·do·gam·ic [en-doh-gam-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endogamous


  1. anthropol marriage within one's own tribe or similar unitCompare exogamy (def. 1)
  2. pollination between two flowers on the same plant
Derived Formsendogamous or endogamic (ˌɛndəʊˈɡæmɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for endogamous



1865, from endogamous (1865); for which see endo- + gamete.

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endogamous in Medicine


  1. Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry.
  2. Marriage within a particular group in accordance with custom or law.
Related formsen•doga•mous adj.
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