epigeum
Perigee Per"i*gee, Perigeum Per`i*ge"um, n. [NL. perigeum, fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p['e]rig['e]e.] (Astron.) That point, in the orbit of the moon or other body orbiting the earth, which is nearest to the earth; -- opposed to {apogee}. It is sometimes, but rarely, used of the nearest points of bodies not orbiting the earth, such as of a comet, a planet, etc. Called also {epigee}, {epigeum}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • epigee — Perigee Per i*gee, Perigeum Per i*ge um, n. [NL. perigeum, fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p[ e]rig[ e]e.] (Astron.) That point, in the orbit of the moon or other body orbiting the earth, which is nearest to the earth; opposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epigee — Ep i*gee, n. [NL. epigeum, fr. Gr. ? upon the earth. See {Epig[ae]a}.] See {Perigee}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perigee — Per i*gee, Perigeum Per i*ge um, n. [NL. perigeum, fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p[ e]rig[ e]e.] (Astron.) That point, in the orbit of the moon or other body orbiting the earth, which is nearest to the earth; opposed to {apogee}. It …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perigeum — Perigee Per i*gee, Perigeum Per i*ge um, n. [NL. perigeum, fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p[ e]rig[ e]e.] (Astron.) That point, in the orbit of the moon or other body orbiting the earth, which is nearest to the earth; opposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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