adjective (1), often capitalized
variants: or amphigean \ ¦amfə¦jēən \

Definition of amphigaean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 of a plant or animal : found in both hemispheres : cosmopolitan
2 of a plant : having flowers arising from the rootstock


adjective (2), often capitalized
variants: or less commonly amphigean \ " \

Definition of amphigaean (Entry 2 of 2)

: occurring in temperate parts of South America

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First Known Use of amphigaean

Adjective (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphigaean

Adjective (1)

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

Adjective (2)

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

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“Amphigaean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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