adelphogamy

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

Definition of adelphogamy

plural

-es

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

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of adelphogamy

adelpho- + -gamy


First Known Use: 1888


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