extending inland from a continental margin: an epeiric sea.

Origin of epeiric

1920–25; < Greek ḗpeir(os) mainland, continent + -ic
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Historical Examples of epeiric

  • There it traversed an epeiric, or mid-continental sea open to both north and south.

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British Dictionary definitions for epeiric



geology in, of, or relating to a continentan epeiric sea

Word Origin for epeiric

C20: from Greek ēpeiros continent + -ic
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Word Origin and History for epeiric

in reference to seas covering continental shelves, 1917, from Greek epeiros "mainland" + -ic.

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