Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Ephah, Epha noun [ Hebrew 'ēphāh.] A Hebrew dry measure, supposed to be equal to two pecks and five quarts. ten ephahs make one homer.
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a day fly, from ... daily, lasting but a day; ... over + ... day.] 1. (Medicine) A fever of one day's continuance only. 2. (Zoology) A genus of insects including the day flies, or ephemeral flies. See Ephemeral fly , under Ephemeral .
Ephemeral adjective 1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower. 2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
popularity." V. Knox.
Sentences not of ephemeral , but of eternal, efficacy. Sir J. Stephen. Ephemeral fly (Zoology)
, one of a group of neuropterous insects, belonging to the genus Ephemera and many allied genera, which live in the adult or winged state only for a short time. The larvæ are aquatic; -- called also day fly and May fly .
Ephemeral noun Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc.
Ephemeran noun (Zoology) One of the ephemeral flies.
Ephemeric adjective Ephemeral.
; plural Ephemerides
. [ Latin , a diary, Greek ..., also, a calendar, from .... See Ephemera
.] 1. A diary; a journal. Johnson. 2. (Anat.) (a) A publication giving the computed places of the heavenly bodies for each day of the year, with other numerical data, for the use of the astronomer and navigator; an astronomical almanac; as, the "American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac." (b) Any tabular statement of the assigned places of a heavenly body, as a planet or comet, on several successive days. 3. (Literature) A collective name for reviews, magazines, and all kinds of periodical literature. Brande & C.
1. One who studies the daily motions and positions of the planets. Howell. 2. One who keeps an ephemeris; a journalist.
; plural Ephemera
. [ New Latin See Ephemera
.] (Zoology) One of the ephemeral flies.
Ephemerous adjective Ephemeral. [ R.] Burke.
Ephesian adjective [ Latin Ephesius : confer French éphésien .] Of or pertaining to Ephesus, an ancient city of Ionia, in Asia Minor.
1. A native of Ephesus. 2. A jolly companion; a roisterer. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Ephialtes noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., lit., one who leaps upon.] The nightmare. Brande & C.
Ephippial adjective Saddle- shaped; occupying an ephippium. Dana.
Ephippium noun [ Latin , saddle cloth, from Greek ...; 'epi` on + "i`ppos horse.]
1. (Anat.) A depression in the sphenoid bone; the pituitary fossa. 2. (Zoology) A saddle-shaped cavity to contain the winter eggs, situated on the back of Cladocera.
Ephod noun [ Hebrew 'ēphōd, from ' āphad 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.
; plural Ephors
, Latin Ephori
. [ Latin ephorus
, Greek ..., from ... to oversee; ... + ... to see: confer French 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.
Ephoral adjective Pertaining to an ephor.
Ephoralty noun The office of an ephor, or the body of ephors.
Ephraim noun [ The proper name.] (Zoology) A hunter's name for the grizzly bear.
[ New Latin , from Greek ..., an old name of Corinth.] (Zoology) A stage in the development of discophorous medusæ, when they first begin to swim about after being detached from the strobila. See Strobila .
Epi- [ Greek 'epi` on, upon, to; akin to Sanskrit api besides, and probably to Latin ob to, before, on account of, and perhaps to English 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 .
[ Prefix epi-
.] (Biol.) The outer layer of the blastoderm; the ectoderm. See Blastoderm , Delamination .
Epiblastic adjective (Biol.) Of or relating to, or consisting of, the epiblast.
Epiblema noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a cover; ... over + ... to throw.] (Botany) The epidermal cells of rootlets, specially adapted to absorb liquids. Goodale.
[ Greek ... to throw upon, add to; 'epi`
upon + ... to throw.] (Biol.) Growing or covering over; -- said of a kind of invagination. See under Invagination .
[ Confer Greek ... a throwing upon.] (Biol.) Epibolic invagination. See under Invagination .
Epibranchial adjective [ Prefix epi- + branchial .] (Anat.) Pertaining to the segment between the ceratobranchial and pharyngobranchial in a branchial arch. -- noun An epibranchial cartilage or bone.
[ Latin epicus
, Greek ..., from ... a word, speech, tale, song; akin to Latin vox
voice: confer French 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.
Epic noun An epic or heroic poem. See Epic , adjective
Epicœne adjective Epicene. [ R.] Hadley.
Epical adjective Epic.
Poems which have an epical character. Brande & C.
His [ Wordsworth's] longer poems (miscalled epical ). Lowell.
Epicardiac adjective (Anat.) Of or relating to the epicardium.
Epicardium noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + kardi`a heart.] (Anat.) That part of the pericardium which forms the outer surface of the heart; the cardiac pericardium.
Epicaridan noun [ Prefix epi- + Greek ..., ..., a shrimp.] (Zoology) An isopod crustacean, parasitic on shrimps.
[ Prefix epi-
+ Greek ... fruit.] (Botany) The external or outermost layer of a fructified or ripened ovary. See Illust. under Endocarp .
Epicede noun [ Latin epicedion , Greek ... dirge, elegy, from ... funereal; ... + ... care, sorrow: confer French épicède .] A funeral song or discourse; an elegy. [ R.] Donne.
Epicedial adjective Elegiac; funereal.
Epicedian adjective Epicedial. -- noun An epicede.
Epicedium noun [ Latin ] An epicede.
Epicene adjective & noun
[ Latin epicoenus
, Greek ...; from 'epi`
+ ... common; confer French 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.
Epicentral adjective [ Prefix epi- + centrum .] (Anat.) Arising from the centrum of a vertebra. Owen.
Epicerastic adjective [ Greek ... tempering the humors; 'epi` + ... to mix: confer French épicérastique .] (Medicine) Lenient; assuaging. [ Obsolete]
; plural Epichiremata
. [ Latin , from Greek ..., 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
Epichordal adjective [ Prefix 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.
[ Greek ...; ... over + ... country.] In or of the country.
Epichorial superstitions from every district of Europe. De Quincey.
Epicleidium noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + ... a little key.] (Anat.) A projection, formed by a separate ossification, at the scapular end of the clavicle of many birds.
Epiclinal adjective [ Prefix epi- + Greek ... a couch.] (Botany) Situated on the receptacle or disk of a flower.
Epicolic adjective [ Prefix epi- + Greek ... colon.] (Anat.) Situated upon or over the colon; -- applied to the region of the abdomen adjacent to the colon.