(Ep"ic*al) a. Epic.Ep"ic*al*ly, adv.

Poems which have an epical character.
Brande & C.

His [Wordsworth's] longer poems (miscalled epical).

(Ep`i*car"di*ac) a. (Anat.) Of or relating to the epicardium.

(||Ep`i*car"di*um) n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'epi` upon + kardi`a heart.] (Anat.) That part of the pericardium which forms the outer surface of the heart; the cardiac pericardium.

(Ep`i*car"i*dan) n. [Pref. epi- + Gr. a shrimp.] (Zoöl.) An isopod crustacean, parasitic on shrimps.

(Ep"i*carp) [Pref. epi- + Gr. fruit.] (Bot.) The external or outermost layer of a fructified or ripened ovary. See Illust. under Endocarp.

(Ep"i*cede) n. [L. epicedion, Gr. dirge, elegy, fr. funereal; + care, sorrow: cf. F. épicède.] A funeral song or discourse; an elegy. [R.] Donne.

(Ep`i*ce"di*al) a. Elegiac; funereal.

(Ep`i*ce"di*an) a. Epicedial.n. An epicede.

(||Ep`i*ce"di*um) n. [L.] An epicede.

(Ep"i*cene) a. & n. [L. epicoenus, Gr. fr. 'epi` + common; cf. F. épicène.]

1. Common to both sexes; — a term applied, in grammar, to such nouns as have but one form of gender, either the masculine or feminine, to indicate animals of both sexes; as boy^s, bos, for the ox and cow; sometimes applied to eunuchs and hermaphrodites.

2. Fig.: Sexless; neither one thing nor the other.

The literary prigs epicene.
Prof. Wilson.

He represented an epicene species, neither churchman nor layman.
J. A. Symonds.

(Ep`i*cen"tral) a. [Pref. epi- + centrum.] (Anat.) Arising from the centrum of a vertebra. Owen.

(Ep`i*ce*ras"tic) a. [Gr. tempering the humors; 'epi` + to mix: cf. F. épicérastique.] (Med.) Lenient; assuaging. [Obs.]

(||Ep`i*chi*re"ma) n.; pl. Epichiremata [L., fr. Gr. from to attempt to prove.] (Rhet. & Logic) A syllogism in which the proof of the major or minor premise, or both, is introduced with the premises themselves, and the conclusion is derived in the ordinary manner. [Written also epicheirema.]

(Ep`i*chor"dal) a. [Pref. epi- + chordal.] (Anat.) Upon or above the notochord; — applied esp. to a vertebral column which develops upon the dorsal side of the notochord, as distinguished from a perichordal column, which develops around it.

(Ep`i*cho"ri*al) a. [Gr. over + country.] In or of the country. [R.]

Epichorial superstitions from every district of Europe.
De Quincey.

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