Ephippium to Epigastrium
(||E*phip"pi*um) n. [L., saddle cloth, fr. Gr. 'epi` on + "i`ppos horse.]
1. (Anat.) A depression in the sphenoid bone; the pituitary fossa.
2. (Zoöl.) A saddle-shaped cavity to contain the winter eggs, situated on the back of Cladocera.
(Eph"od) n. [Heb. 'ephod, fr. 'aphad to put on.] (Jew. Antiq.) A part of the sacerdotal habit
among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps
or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The
ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The
breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front. Exodus xxviii. 6-12.
(Eph"or) n.; pl. Ephors L. Ephori [L. ephorus, Gr. fr. to oversee; + to see: cf. F. éphore.] (Gr.
Antiq.) A magistrate; one of a body of five magistrates chosen by the people of ancient Sparta. They
exercised control even over the king.
(Eph"or*al) a. Pertaining to an ephor.
(Eph"or*al*ty) n. The office of an ephor, or the body of ephors.
(E"phra*im) n. [The proper name.] (Zoöl.) A hunter's name for the grizzly bear.
(||Eph"y*ra) n. [NL., fr. Gr. an old name of Corinth.] (Zoöl.) A stage in the development of discophorous
medusæ, when they first begin to swim about after being detached from the strobila. See Strobila.
(||Ep"i-) [Gr. 'epi` on, upon, to; akin to Skr. api besides, and prob. to L. ob to, before, on account
of, and perh. to E. of, off.] A prefix, meaning upon, beside, among, on the outside, above, over.
It becomes ep-before a vowel, as in epoch, and eph-before a Greek aspirate, as in ephemeral.
(Ep"i*blast) n. [Pref. epi- + -blast.] (Biol.) The outer layer of the blastoderm; the ectoderm.
See Blastoderm, Delamination.
(Ep`i*blas"tic) a. (Biol.) Of or relating to, or consisting of, the epiblast.
(||Ep`i*ble"ma) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a cover; over + to throw.] (Bot.) The epidermal cells of rootlets,
specially adapted to absorb liquids. Goodale.
(Ep`i*bol"ic) a. [Gr. to throw upon, add to; 'epi` upon + to throw.] (Biol.) Growing or covering
over; said of a kind of invagination. See under Invagination.
(E*pib"o*ly) n. [Cf. Gr. a throwing upon.] (Biol.) Epibolic invagination. See under Invagination.
(Ep`i*bran"chi*al) a. [Pref. epi- + branchial.] (Anat.) Pertaining to the segment between
the ceratobranchial and pharyngobranchial in a branchial arch. n. An epibranchial cartilage or bone.
(Ep"ic) a. [L. epicus, Gr. from a word, speech, tale, song; akin to L. vox voice: cf. F. épique. See
Voice.] Narrated in a grand style; pertaining to or designating a kind of narrative poem, usually called
an heroic poem, in which real or fictitious events, usually the achievements of some hero, are narrated
in an elevated style.
The epic poem treats of one great, complex action, in a grand style and with fullness of detail.T. Arnold.
(Ep"ic), n. An epic or heroic poem. See Epic, a.