homogamy

[hoh-mog-uh-mee]
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noun

the state of being homogamous.
interbreeding of individuals with like characteristics.

Nearby words

  1. homoeo-,
  2. homoerotic,
  3. homoeroticism,
  4. homogametic,
  5. homogamous,
  6. homogenate,
  7. homogeneity,
  8. homogeneous,
  9. homogeneous charge compression ignition,
  10. homogeneous radiation

Origin of homogamy

First recorded in 1870–75; homo- + -gamy

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British Dictionary definitions for homogamy

homogamy

noun

a condition in which all the flowers of an inflorescence are either of the same sex or hermaphroditeCompare heterogamy (def. 3)
the maturation of the anthers and stigmas of a flower at the same time, ensuring self-pollinationCompare dichogamy
Derived Formshomogamous, adjective

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Word Origin and History for homogamy

homogamy

n.

1805, "condition of bearing flowers that do not differ sexually," from homo- (1) "same" + -gamy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for homogamy

homogamy

[hō-mŏgə-mē]

n.

Reproduction within a group that perpetuates qualities or traits that distinguish the group from a larger group of which it is part.inbreeding

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