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exogamy

[ek-sog-uh-mee] /ɛkˈsɒg ə mi/
noun
1.
marriage outside a specific tribe or similar social unit.
Compare endogamy.
2.
Biology. the union of gametes of unrelated parents.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; exo- + -gamy
Related forms
exogamous
[ek-sog-uh-muh s] /ɛkˈsɒg ə məs/ (Show IPA),
exogamic
[ek-suh-gam-ik] /ˌɛk səˈgæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The local band was usually exogamous, that is, members married outside of their own group into neighboring local bands.
British Dictionary definitions for exogamous

exogamy

/ɛkˈsɒɡəmɪ/
noun
1.
(sociol, anthropol) the custom or an act of marrying a person belonging to another tribe, clan, or similar social unit Compare endogamy
2.
(biology) fusion of gametes from parents that are not closely related
Derived Forms
exogamous (ɛkˈsɒɡəməs), exogamic (ˌɛksəʊˈɡæmɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for exogamous

exogamy

n.

1865, Modern Latin, literally "outside marriage," from exo- + -gamy. Related: Exogamous.

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exogamous in Medicine

exogamy ex·og·a·my (ěk-sŏg'ə-mē)
n.
Sexual reproduction by means of conjugation of two gametes of different ancestry, as in certain protozoan species.

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