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exogamy

[ ek-sog-uh-mee ]
/ ɛkˈsɒg ə mi /
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noun
marriage outside a specific tribe or similar social unit.Compare endogamy.
Biology. the union of gametes of unrelated parents.
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Origin of exogamy

First recorded in 1860–65; exo- + -gamy

OTHER WORDS FROM exogamy

ex·og·a·mous [ek-sog-uh-muhs], /ɛkˈsɒg ə məs/, ex·o·gam·ic [ek-suh-gam-ik], /ˌɛk səˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exogamy

exogamy
/ (ɛkˈsɒɡəmɪ) /

noun
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

Derived forms of exogamy

exogamous (ɛkˈsɒɡəməs) or exogamic (ˌɛksəʊˈɡæmɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for exogamy

exogamy
[ ĕk-sŏgə-mē ]

n.
Sexual reproduction by means of conjugation of two gametes of different ancestry, as in certain protozoan species.
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