from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prefix (before a vowel ep-, before the rough breathing eph-) of Greek origin, signifying primarily ‘upon, on,’ and variously implying position on, motion to or toward, addition to (a second or subordinate form). See the etymology.
  • noun A light slender finial of metal or terracotta, ornamenting the extremities or intersections of roof-ridges or forming the termination of a pointed roof or spire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A prefix, meaning upon, beside, among, on the outside, above, over. It becomes ep-before a vowel, as in epoch, and eph-before a Greek aspirate, as in ephemeral.

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  • prefix no longer productive above, over, on, in addition to.

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  • noun a self-report personality inventory based on Hans Eysenck's factor analysis of personality which assumes three basic factors (the two most important being extraversion to introversion and neuroticism)


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From Ancient Greek ἐπί (epi, "on top of").



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  • (prefix): upon, beside, among, above, over, on the outside of.

    ep- when preceeding a vowel (epoch)

    eph- when preceeding a Greek aspirate (ephemeral)

    December 31, 2008