Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The custom of marrying outside the tribe, family, clan, or other social unit.
  • n. Biology The fusion of two gametes that are not closely related.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
  • n. the fusion of two unrelated gametes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The custom, or tribal law, which prohibits marriage between members of the same tribe; marriage outside of the tribe; -- opposed to endogamy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The custom among certain tribes which prohibits a man from marrying a woman of his own tribe.
  • n. In botany, the tendency of closely allied gametes to avoid pairing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law

Etymologies

From exo- + -gamy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To put it in technical language, the succession to the kingship at Rome and probably in Latium generally would seem to have been determined by certain rules which have moulded early society in many parts of the world, namely exogamy, beena marriage, and female kinship or mother-kin.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Rome and probably in Latium generally would seem to have been determined by certain rules which have moulded early society in many parts of the world, namely exogamy, _beena_ marriage, and female kinship or mother-kin.

    The Golden Bough

  • Its very complicated character, and the fact that the two principal classes sometimes do not even have names, seem to preclude the idea of its having been the first form of exogamy, which is a strong natural feeling, so much so that it may almost be described as an instinct, though of course not a primitive animal instinct.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India—Volume I (of IV)

  • They were then driven to finding strange women, and this was the origin of the exogamy which is so closely bound up with totemism.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • At this stage of development there was quite generally though not universally prevalent the custom of "exogamy," by which a man was forbidden to marry a woman of his own clan.

    The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2) with some account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest

  • Indigenous "exogamy", Aboriginal people marrying outside their race, had increased since

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  • Increasing exogamy among mainline Protestants reflects this pool effect, but that accounts for only part of the total increase in exogamy, as can be seen in Figure 5.9.

    American Grace

  • Natural selection has determined that exogamy produces fitter progeny than endogamy.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Furthermore, exogamy (or archaically ‘new blood’), mating outside the close kin group is favored for increasing genetic diversity, preventing inbreeding.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Interracial Marriage Rates Going Up

  • Endogamy was the rule, but even slight exogamy in an average generation over a couple of thousand years (estimates are of a European contribution of around 0.5% per generation) can have a pronounced effect.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » More Interesting DNA Information

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