Definition of heterogamy in English:

heterogamy

Syllabification: het·er·og·a·my
Pronunciation: /ˌhetəˈrägəmē
 
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noun

  • 1chiefly Zoology The alternation of generations, especially between sexual and parthenogenetic generations.
  • 3Marriage between people from different sociological or educational backgrounds. Compare with homogamy ( sense 1).
    More example sentences
    • An examination of the relative social positions of spouses shows that heterogamy, the marriage of people from different social backgrounds, was not characteristic after World War II either.
    • However, it definitely does not support the hypothesis of decreasing barriers to inter-class heterogamy over time.
    • The three barriers to heterogamy are described by inheritance, sectoral, and hierarchy parameters.

Derivatives

heterogamous

Pronunciation: /-ˈrägəməs/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The most heterogamous were the sons of skilled workers and unskilled workers.
  • Based on the presence or absence of fertile stamens and fertile pistils, the heads can be further classified into heterogamous and homogamous capitula.
  • The practical upshot in your case is that your children will be much more likely to be heterogamous themselves.

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