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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.endogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by pollen from another flower of the same kind
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
autogamic, autogamous - characterized by or fit for autogamy
exogamic, exogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by a flower that is not closely related
2.endogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only within the limits of a clan or tribe
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
exogamic, exogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only outside the limits of a clan or tribe
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Interestingly, although Austro-Asiatic groups are exclusively endogamous and tribes are dispersed in small inbreeding groups in central and eastern India, the heterozygosities of all the SNPs were high, ranging from 0.
When he tires of a wife, Red-Eye beats her to death, seeks out a new endogamous victim, kills her current mate with his bare hands, then 'seize[s] her by the hair of her head and drag[s] her toward his cave'.
Even the very inconclusive Batdish case, during whose investigation Apache scouts confidently traced the physical evidence to the Chiricahua renegade Massai instead of to the defendants, may have been another instance of revenge based, in part, on purely endogamous ethnic criteria.
as male and not foreign"--and "exposes as incestuous and endogamous sixteenth-century monarchic strategy even as it aspires to a similarly parthenogenetic fantasy of maternal/matriarchal rule" (57).
Perhaps Philip intended him to be no more than his deputy in Macedonia and regent for the 'legitimate' son he expected from his only endogamous marriage.
Joe Christmas's power as a racially inscrutable figure is not simply that he resists and negotiates the identity politics that govern race and race relations in the post-Reconstruction South but also that he calls into question endogamous heterosexuality as the reigning social and sexual paradigm in early-twentieth-century American culture.
The conversos rapidly became an elite stratum in Spanish society while remaining a cohesive, endogamous community widely believed by gentiles to be insincere in their Christian beliefs.
In Incest and Agency in Elizabeth's England Maureen Quilligan builds on recent feminist anthropological studies and historical analyses of the empowerment of women through kinship structures in England to explore the interest early modern literature (especially by women writers) takes in incest as a means of portraying aristocratic endogamous marriage and the ways some women might be freed from the patriarchal traffic in women.
The NJPS 2000-2001 leads us to believe that intermarriages will exceed endogamous ones in the next 20 years in the identified Conservative and Reform communities, as is already the case among the unaffiliated.
They had a primary unit of social and territorial organization, a military tribal kinship structure, socioeconomic clan or endogamous kinship division, and extended family that was then patrilineal.
Pogosts were also endogamous marriage units, with up to 50% of Saami marriages occurring within a pogost (Kuropyatnik, 1992:2).
Finally, in order to avoid being a 'festival' within the endogamous community of scientists who 'enjoy without sharing', research on Africa must be carried out in accordance with the concept of science seen as a practical process of transforming the world.