Origin of gamy
- a combining form with the meanings “marriage,” “union,” “fertilization, pollination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: exogamy; plastogamy; allogamy; also forming nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gamous: heterogamy.
Origin of -gamy
combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying
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Examples from the Web for gamy
He is not gamy,—fighting's not his forte, A Haycock fight is just no sort of sport.A Phenomenal Fauna
When the bait begins to give off a gamy scent, the mothers come.The Life of the Fly
J. Henri Fabre
The trout were big, gamy fellows and Eddie was alert, obedient and respectful.The Tent Dwellers
Albert Bigelow Paine
They are caught trolling and make a gamy fight on rod and reel.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Harry Thom Payne
Did you notice how gamy he was, little brother; how he played?Little Rivers
Henry van Dyke
- denoting marriage or sexual unionbigamy
from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage
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Word Origin and History for gamy
word-forming element meaning "marriage; fertilization," from Greek -gamia, from gamos "marriage" (see gamete).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Marriage; mate:monogamy.
- Procreative or propagative union:heterogamy.
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