marriage outside a specific tribe or similar social unit.Compare endogamy.
Biology. the union of gametes of unrelated parents.
Origin of exogamy
Related formsex·og·a·mous [ek-sog-uh-muh s] /ɛkˈsɒg ə məs/, ex·o·gam·ic [ek-suh-gam-ik] /ˌɛk səˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
First recorded in 1860–65; exo-
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Historical Examples of exogamic
If a group is exogamic, the women in it were born abroad somewhere.
Lang adds that these taboos are the basis of exogamic practices.
The Seri are loosely organised in a number of exogamic, matrilineal, totemic clans.
The Arunta 'exogamic groups' are 'classes,' and 'phratries,' the totem does not now regulate marriage among the Arunta.
Yet Mr. Spencer remarks that 'the development of exogamic groups' gradually resulted from some organisation of unknown nature.
British Dictionary definitions for exogamic
Derived Formsexogamous (ɛkˈsɒɡəməs) or exogamic (ˌɛksəʊˈɡæmɪk), adjective sociol anthropol the custom or an act of marrying a person belonging to another tribe, clan, or similar social unitCompare endogamy
biology fusion of gametes from parents that are not closely related
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Word Origin and History for exogamic
1865, Modern Latin, literally "outside marriage," from exo- + -gamy. Related: Exogamous.
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Sexual reproduction by means of conjugation of two gametes of different ancestry, as in certain protozoan species.
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