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adjective Zoology.
  1. attracting the opposite sex, as the colors of certain birds.
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Origin of epigamic

1885–90; < Greek epígam(os) marriageable (see epi-, -gamous) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for epigamic

Historical Examples

  • A dummy Bell Vireo elicited both agonistic and epigamic behavior from nesting pairs, depending on the phase of the nesting cycle.

    Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon

    Jon C. Barlow

  • A marked similarity will be detected between certain basic elements of aggressive and epigamic displays.

British Dictionary definitions for epigamic


  1. zoology attractive to the opposite sexepigamic coloration
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