epigean

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Etymology[edit]

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From Greek επίγειος meaning on earth. epi on γειος from γαία earth see geology, geometry etc epigean also epigaean. Epigean paradise - paradise on earth

Adjective[edit]

epigean (not comparable)

  1. That lives on or near the surface
    • 2015 July 8, “Convergent Reduction of Ovariole Number Associated with Subterranean Life in Beetles”, in PLOS ONE[1], DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0131986:
      For other Leptodirini, the contraction of the life cycle is less radical, being intermediate between this extreme and a epigean life cycle.

Noun[edit]

epigean (plural epigeans)

  1. Any organism that lives on or near the surface
    • 2015 July 8, “Convergent Reduction of Ovariole Number Associated with Subterranean Life in Beetles”, in PLOS ONE[2], DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0131986:
      We also studied the female internal system for a species in the subgenus Aphaenops (Cerbaphaenops), and two species belonging to two other genera, one endogean (Geotrechus) and one epigean (Trechus).