epigene

[ ep-i-jeen ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌdʒin /
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adjective Geology.

formed or originating on the earth's surface (opposed to hypogene).

Origin of epigene

1815–25; < French épigène < Greek epigenḗs born after, growing after. See epi-, -gen
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epigene

/ (ˈɛpɪˌdʒiːn) /

adjective

formed or taking place at or near the surface of the earthCompare hypogene

Word Origin for epigene

C19: from French épigène, ultimately from Greek epigignesthai to be born after, from gignesthai to be born
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