exogamy

noun ex·og·a·my \ ek-ˈsä-gə-mē \

Definition of exogamy

plural exogamies
: marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law

exogamous

play \ek-ˈsä-gə-məs\ or exogamic play \ˌek-sə-ˈga-mik\ adjective

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Marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law is exogamy. Exogamous groups sometimes even specify the group into which members must marry. Such groups are usually defined in terms of kinship rather than in terms of politics or territory. Exogamy is usually characteristic of groups that trace descent through either the maternal or paternal line only.

First Known Use of exogamy

1865


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exogamy

noun ex·og·a·my \ ek-ˈsäg-ə-mē \

medical Definition of exogamy

plural exogamies
1 : marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law
2 : sexual reproduction between individuals (as of a particular species) that are not closely related

exogamous

play \ek-ˈsäg-ə-məs\ or exogamic play \ˌek-sə-ˈgam-ik\ adjective

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