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[en-dog-uh-mee] /ɛnˈdɒg ə mi/
marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit.
Compare exogamy (def 1).
1860-65; endo- + -gamy
Related forms
endogamous, endogamic
[en-doh-gam-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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  • endogamy, usually to the third degree of removal, is not only common but smiled upon.
British Dictionary definitions for endogamy


(anthropol) marriage within one's own tribe or similar unit Compare exogamy (sense 1)
pollination between two flowers on the same plant
Derived Forms
endogamous, endogamic (ˌɛndəʊˈɡæmɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for endogamy

1865, from endogamous (1865); for which see endo- + gamete.

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endogamy in Medicine

endogamy en·dog·a·my (ěn-dŏg'ə-mē)

  1. Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry.

  2. Marriage within a particular group in accordance with custom or law.

en·dog'a·mous adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for endogamy

custom enjoining one to marry within one's own group. The penalties for transgressing endogamous restrictions have varied greatly among cultures and have ranged from death to mild disapproval. When marriage to an outside group is mandated, it is referred to as exogamy.

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