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epicontinental

[ ep-i-kon-tn-en-tl ]

adjective

  1. found or located in or on a continent:

    epicontinental minerals; an epicontinental sea.



epicontinental

/ ˌɛpɪˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl /

adjective

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of epicontinental1

First recorded in 1900–05; epi- + continental
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Example Sentences

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

We can hardly account for this except by a shallow-water connection between the two ancient epicontinental seas.

The epicontinental sea was shoaled and narrowed, and muds were washed in from the adjacent lands.

The known deposits all point to shallow waters of epicontinental seas; no abyssal formations have been recognized.

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