Epigeal to Episcopacy
(Ep`i*ge"al) a. (Bot.) Epigæous. [R.]
(Ep"i*gee) n. [NL. epigeum, fr. Gr. upon the earth. See Epigæa.] See Perigee. [Obs.]
(Ep"i*gene) a. [Pref. epi- + Gr. to be born, grow.]
1. (Crystallog.) Foreign; unnatural; unusual; said of forms of crystals not natural to the substances in
which they are found.
2. (Geol.) Formed originating on the surface of the earth; opposed to hypogene; as, epigene rocks.
(Ep`i*gen"e*sis) n. [Pref. epi- + genesis.] (Biol.) The theory of generation which holds
that the germ is created entirely new, not merely expanded, by the procreative power of the parents. It
is opposed to the theory of evolution, also to syngenesis.
(Ep`i*gen"e*sist) n. (Biol.) One who believes in, or advocates the theory of, epigenesis.
(Ep`i*ge*net"ic) a. Of or pertaining to the epigenesis; produced according to the theory of
(Ep`i*ge"ous) a. Same as Epigæous.
(||Ep*i*ge"um) n. [NL. See Epigee.] See Perigee. [Obs.]
(Ep`i*glot"tic) a. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or connected with, the epiglottis.
(Ep`i*glot*tid"e*an) a. (Anat.) Same as Epiglottic.
(Ep`i*glot"tis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'epi` upon + tongue. See Glottis.] (Anat.) A cartilaginous
lidlike appendage which closes the glottis while food or drink is passing while food or drink is passing
through the pharynx.
(E*pig"na*thous) a. [Epi- + Gr. gna`qos the jaw.] (Zoöl.) Hook- billed; having the upper
mandible longer than the lower.
(Ep"i*gram) n. [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. inscription, epigram, fr. to write upon, 'epi` upon + to
write: cf. F. épigramme. See Graphic.]
1. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event. The modern epigram is
so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical
Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?Shak.
Epigrams were originally inscription on tombs, statues, temples, triumphal arches, etc.
2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
3. The style of the epigram.
Antithesis, i. e., bilateral stroke, is the soul of epigram in its later and technical signification.B. Cracroft.
(Ep`i*gram*mat"ic Ep`i*gram*mat"ic*al) [L. epigrammaticus: cf. F. épigrammatique.]
1. Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams; as, an epigrammatical poet.