from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hypothetical struggle for existence between the paternal and maternal constituents of the fertilized egg, and the destruction of one of them: assumed as an explanation of the resemblance of the offspring to one parent only, to the exclusion of the influence of the other.


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  • From the Greek gamo- (marriage) and machia (battle), a domestic fight; fighting with one's partner or spouse.

    February 10, 2008