One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The alternation of generations, especially between sexual and parthenogenetic generations.
3Marriage between people from different sociological or educational backgrounds.Compare with homogamy (sense 1)
- ‘However, it definitely does not support the hypothesis of decreasing barriers to inter-class heterogamy over time.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The three barriers to heterogamy are described by inheritance, sectoral, and hierarchy parameters.’
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