Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Epigene adjective [ Prefix epi- + Greek ... 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.
Epigenesis noun [ Prefix 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 .
Epigenesist noun (Biol.) One who believes in, or advocates the theory of, epigenesis.
Epigenetic adjective Of or pertaining to the epigenesis; produced according to the theory of epigenesis.
Epiglottic adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to, or connected with, the epiglottis.
Epiglottidean adjective (Anat.) Same as Epiglottic .
[ New Latin , from Greek ...; '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.
Epignathous adjective [ Epi- + Greek gna`qos the jaw.] (Zoology) Hook- billed; having the upper mandible longer than the lower.
[ Latin epigramma
, from Greek ... inscription, epigram, from ... to write upon, 'epi`
upon + ... to write: confer French 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 in character.
Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram ? Shak.
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.
Epigrammatic, Epigrammatical [ Latin epigrammaticus : confer French épigrammatique .]
1. Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams; as, an epigrammatical poet. 2. Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; like an epigram; pointed; piquant; as, epigrammatic style, wit, or sallies of fancy.
Epigrammatically adverb In the way of epigram; in an epigrammatic style.
[ Latin epigrammatista
: confer French épigrammatiste
.] One who composes epigrams, or makes use of them.
The brisk epigrammatist showing off his own cleverness. Holmes.
Epigrammatize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Epigrammatized
; present participle & verbal noun Epigrammatizing
.] To represent by epigrams; to express by epigrams.
Epigrammatizer noun One who writes in an affectedly pointed style.
Epigrammatizers of our English prose style. Coleridge.
Epigrammist noun An epigrammatist. Jer. Taylor.
[ Greek ..., from ...: confer French épigraphe
. See Epigram
.] 1. Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication. 2. (Literature) A citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the beginning of a work or of its separate divisions; a motto.
Epigraphic, Epigraphical adjective Of or pertaining to epigraphs or to epigraphy; as, an epigraphic style; epigraphical works or studies.
Epigraphics noun The science or study of epigraphs.
Epigraphist noun A student of, or one versed in, epigraphy.
Epigraphy noun The science of inscriptions; the art of engraving inscriptions or of deciphering them.
Epigynous adjective [ Prefix epi- + Greek ... woman, female: confer French épigyne .] (Botany) Adnate to the surface of the ovary, so as to be apparently inserted upon the top of it; -- said of stamens, petals, sepals, and also of the disk.
Epihyal noun [ Prefix epi- + the Greek letter ....] (Anat.) A segment next above the ceratohyal in the hyoidean arch.
[ Latin epilepsia
, Greek ... a seizure, the "falling sickness," from ... to take besides, seize, attack; 'epi`
upon, besides + ... to take: confer French épilepsie
. Confer Catalepsy
.] (Medicine) The "falling sickness," so called because the patient falls suddenly to the ground; a disease characterized by paroxysms (or fits) occurring at interval and attended by sudden loss of consciousness, and convulsive motions of the muscles. Dunglison.
Epileptic adjective [ Latin epilepticus , Greek ... : confer French épileptique .] Pertaining to, affected with, or of the nature of, epilepsy.
1. One affected with epilepsy. 2. A medicine for the cure of epilepsy.
Epileptical adjective Epileptic.
Epileptiform adjective Resembling epilepsy.
Epileptogenous adjective [ Greek 'epi`lhptos epileptic + -genous .] (Medicine) Producing epilepsy or epileptoid convulsions; -- applied to areas of the body or of the nervous system, stimulation of which produces convulsions.
Epileptoid adjective [ Greek 'epi`lhptos + -oid .] (Medicine) Resembling epilepsy; as, epileptoid convulsions.
Epilogation noun [ Late Latin epilogatio .] A summing up in a brief account. [ Obsolete] Udall.
Epilogic, Epilogical adjective [ Greek 'epilogiko`s .] Of or pertaining to an epilogue.
[ Greek ..., from ... to reckon over, to deliver an epilogue; 'epi`
upon + ... to count, reckon. See Epilogue
.] Enumeration; computation.
[ R.] J. Gregory.
[ Confer Greek ... calculating. See Epilogism
.] Of or pertaining to epilogue; of the nature of an epilogue. T. Warton.
Epilogize intransitive verb & t.
[ See Epilogism
.] To speak an epilogue to; to utter as an epilogue.
[ French épilogue
, Latin epilogus
, from Greek ... conclusion, from ... to say in addition; 'epi`
upon, besides + ... to say. See Legend
.] 1. (Drama) A speech or short poem addressed to the spectators and recited by one of the actors, after the conclusion of the play.
A good play no epilogue , yet . . . good plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues . Shak. 2. (Rhet.) The closing part of a discourse, in which the principal matters are recapitulated; a conclusion.
Epiloguize intransitive verb & t. Same as Epilogize .
Epimachus noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... equipped for battle; ... for + ... battle.] (Zoology) A genus of highly ornate and brilliantly colored birds of Australia, allied to the birds of Paradise.
Epimeral adjective (Zoology) Pertaining to the epimera.
Epimere noun [ Epi- + - mere .] (Biol.) One of the segments of the transverse axis, or the so called homonymous parts; as, for example, one of the several segments of the extremities in vertebrates, or one of the similar segments in plants, such as the segments of a segmented leaf. Syd. Soc. Lex.
; plural Epimera
. [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi`
upon + ... a part.] (Zoology) (a) In crustaceans: The part of the side of a somite external to the basal joint of each appendage.
. (b) In insects: The lateral piece behind the episternum.
[ Written also epimerum
[ Prefix epi-
+ Greek ... pressed close.] (Physiol.) A term applied to that phase of vegetable growth in which an organ grows more rapidly on its upper than on its under surface. See Hyponastic .
Epineural adjective [ Prefix epi- + neural .] (Anat.) Arising from the neurapophysis of a vertebra.
Epineurium noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + ... a nerve.] (Anat.) The connective tissue framework and sheath of a nerve which bind together the nerve bundles, each of which has its own special sheath, or perineurium.
Epinglette noun [ French] (Mil.) An iron needle for piercing the cartridge of a cannon before priming.
[ See Epinicion
.] Relating to victory.
song." T. Warton.
Epinicion noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... belonging to victory; 'epi` upon, to + ... victory: confer Latin epinicium .] A song of triumph. [ Obsolete] T. Warton.
Epinikian adjective Epinicial.