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epicontinental

[ ep-i-kon-tn-en-tl ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˌkɒn tnˈɛn tl /
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adjective
found or located in or on a continent: epicontinental minerals; an epicontinental sea.
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Origin of epicontinental

First recorded in 1900–05; epi- + continental
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How to use epicontinental in a sentence

  • They were epicontinental seas; that is, they rested upon (Greek, epi) the submerged portion of the continental plateau.

    The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
  • We can hardly account for this except by a shallow-water connection between the two ancient epicontinental seas.

    The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
  • The epicontinental sea was shoaled and narrowed, and muds were washed in from the adjacent lands.

    The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
  • The known deposits all point to shallow waters of epicontinental seas; no abyssal formations have been recognized.

British Dictionary definitions for epicontinental

epicontinental
/ (ˌɛpɪˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl) /

adjective
(esp of a sea) situated on a continental shelf or continent
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