adelphogamy

noun
ad·el·phog·a·my | \ˌa-dᵊl-ˈfä-gə-mē\
plural -es

Definition of adelphogamy 

1 : polyandry in which brothers have a wife or wives in common

2 zoology : mating of brothers and sisters (as in some ants)

3 : union of mother and daughter cells (as in some yeasts)

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First Known Use of adelphogamy

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adelphogamy

adelpho- + -gamy

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