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adjective (1)

variants or amphigean
often capitalized
of a plant or animal : found in both hemispheres : cosmopolitan
of a plant : having flowers arising from the rootstock


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adjective (2)

variants or less commonly amphigean
often capitalized
: occurring in temperate parts of South America

Word History


Adjective (1)

amphi- + -gaean, -gean (from Greek gaia earth + English -an)

Adjective (2)

New Latin Amphigaea (from amphi- + -gaea) temperate South America + English -an

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphigaean was in 1857

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“Amphigaean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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