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1. Anthropology The custom of marrying within a particular social or cultural group in accordance with custom or law.
2. Biology Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry, as in self-pollination or inbreeding.

en·dog′a·mous adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) anthropol marriage within one's own tribe or similar unit. Compare exogamy1
2. (Botany) pollination between two flowers on the same plant
enˈdogamous, endogamic adj


(ɛnˈdɒg ə mi)

marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit. Compare exogamy (def. 1).
en•dog′a•mous, en•do•gam•ic (ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk) adj.


the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. — endogamic, endogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.endogamy - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
exogamy, intermarriage - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
References in periodicals archive ?
However, where marriage network cores do exist, this communality provides a shared framework, namely that of structural endogamy, within which their respective modalities of affinal relinking can be directly compared.
There's also a word for the opposite -- endogamy -- meaning marrying within a clan.
Her selection of Ragusan sources enables her to describe the carefully regulated endogamy practised by the relatively large class of Ragusan nobility.
The union with the patrilateral parallel cousin is the first possible form of family endogamy [5,6,7].
In fact, among French Alps landowners during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, endogamy reached over 90%, despite the fact that dispensations for such marriages had to be bought from the Roman Catholic Church (Rabino-Massa 211).
India has transformed from a country where mixture between different populations was rampant to one where endogamy, marrying within the local community, became the norm.
They are clearly different from the Roma as they strictly adhere to the Albanian customary law, especially within family relationships, they respect the rules of endogamy and rarely marry to other nations.
In a system which practises endogamy, allowing young people to marry each other of their own will is a recipe for the caste order being turned upside down.
In the past, Amis practiced uxorilocal residence and local endogamy similar to the neighbouring ethnic group, Puyuma.
Based on another set of studies, Lieberson and Waters (1988) concluded that the influence of education on ethnic endogamy is small.
Furthermore, the same emphasis on endogamy was a characteristic of the Muslim Lebanese community of Lac La Biche, Alberta (Barclay 1968, 153).