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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-gamy Also -gamous and -gamic.

Marriage, fertilization or reproduction.

[Greek gamos, marriage.]

Some common words in -gamy refer to human marriage customs, such as monogamy or bigamy. Others are terms from zoology or biology that relate to reproduction. For more examples, The endings -gamous and -gamic form related adjectives (monogamous, cryptogamic).

Examples of words in -gamy
Word origins are from Greek unless otherwise stated.

Relating to human marriage customs:

bigamy illegal marriage to more than one person at a time Latin bi-, twice
endogamy marriage only within one clan or tribe endon, within
exogamy the custom of marrying only outside one's clan or tribe exō, outside
monogamy marriage to only one person at a time monos, alone
polygamy marriage to more than one person at a time polloi, many

Relating to reproduction in plants or animals:

autogamy self-pollination autos, self
cryptogamy having no flowers but reproducing by spores kruptos, hidden
homogamy simultaneous maturation of the stamens and pistils of a flower, the opposite of dichogamy; inbreeding, especially as the result of isolation homos, same; see previous section
karyogamy the fusion of the nuclei of cells karuon, kernel
plasmogamy fusion of the cytoplasm of two or more cells plasma, a thing moulded
syngamy the fusion of two cells in reproduction sun, with
xenogamy fertilization of a flower by pollen from another, non-identical, plant xenos, stranger or foreigner

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