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submarginal

[suhb-mahr-juh-nl] /sʌbˈmɑr dʒə nl/
adjective
1.
Biology. near the margin.
2.
below the margin.
3.
not worth cultivating, as land; less than satisfactory; unproductive.
Origin of submarginal
1820-1830
1820-30; sub- + marginal
Related forms
submarginally, adverb
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  • The submarginal round spots of the upper side reappear on the under side as small, slightly silvered, yellow spots.

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  • The submarginal and subapical spots are silvered, especially the latter.

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  • Anterior wings with two submarginal cells and one recurrent nervure.

  • Of these, the spots of the median and submarginal bands are most conspicuous.

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  • The marginal and submarginal metallic bands of spots are as in the preceding species.

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  • The submarginal band is pale yellow, narrow, but distinct and always present.

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  • The submarginal spots are relatively large and distinct in most specimens, and uniform in size.

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  • The submarginal band is buff, narrow, and dusted with more or less ferruginous.

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  • The submarginal spots on the lower side of the fore wings are smaller than in mormo.

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  • In some specimens a few silver scales are found on the submarginal spots.

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British Dictionary definitions for submarginal

submarginal

/sʌbˈmɑːdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
below the minimum requirements
2.
situated close to the margin of an organ or part
3.
(of land) infertile and unprofitable for cultivation
Derived Forms
submarginally, adverb
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