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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The first known use of adelphogamy was in 1888

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“Adelphogamy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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