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adjective Geology.
  1. formed or originating on the earth's surface (opposed to hypogene).
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Origin of epigene

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

  • But it is only a depraved taste that can prefer such an epigene to the fresh desert-music of Imr-al-Kais.

    Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for epigene


  1. formed or taking place at or near the surface of the earthCompare hypogene
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Word Origin

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