endogamy

[en-dog-uh-mee]
noun
marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit. Compare exogamy ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1860–65; endo- + -gamy

endogamous, endogamic [en-doh-gam-ik] , adjective
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endogamy (ɛnˈdɒɡəmɪ)
 
n
1.  anthropol Compare exogamy marriage within one's own tribe or similar unit
2.  pollination between two flowers on the same plant
 
en'dogamous
 
adj
 
endogamic
 
adj

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endogamy
1865, from endogamous (see endo- + ending from bigamy) on model of polygamy
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endogamy en·dog·a·my (ěn-dŏg'ə-mē)
n.

  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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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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Endogamy, usually to the third degree of removal, is not only common but smiled upon.
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