endogamy

[ en-dog-uh-mee ]
/ ɛnˈdɒg ə mi /
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noun

marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit.Compare exogamy(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. endodontist,
  2. endodontium,
  3. endoenteritis,
  4. endoenzyme,
  5. endoergic,
  6. endogen,
  7. endogenesis,
  8. endogenetic,
  9. endogenic toxicosis,
  10. endogenous

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 endogamy

endogamy

/ (ɛnˈdɒɡəmɪ) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for endogamy

endogamy

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for endogamy

endogamy

[ ĕn-dŏgə-mē ]

n.

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


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