submarginal

[ suhb-mahr-juh-nl ]
/ sʌbˈmɑr dʒə nl /

adjective

Biology. near the margin.
below the margin.
not worth cultivating, as land; less than satisfactory; unproductive.

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Origin of submarginal

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + marginal

OTHER WORDS FROM submarginal

sub·mar·gin·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for submarginal

submarginal
/ (sʌbˈmɑːdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

below the minimum requirements
situated close to the margin of an organ or part
(of land) infertile and unprofitable for cultivation

Derived forms of submarginal

submarginally, adverb
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