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“epicurean,” 1550s, from Latin epicureus, from Greek epikoureios (see epicure).


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    [ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uh m, -kyoo r-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-/ noun 1. the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain. 2. (lowercase) indulgence or habits. n. 1751, with […]

  • Epicurus

    [ep-i-kyoo r-uh s] /ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər əs/ noun 1. 342?–270 b.c, Greek philosopher. /ˌɛpɪˈkjʊərəs/ noun 1. 341–270 bc, Greek philosopher, who held that the highest good is pleasure and that the world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms

  • Epicuticle

    [ep-i-kyoo-ti-kuh l] /ˌɛp ɪˈkyu tɪ kəl/ noun 1. the thin, waxy outer layer of the insect exoskeleton. /ˈɛpɪˌkjuːtɪkəl/ noun 1. (botany) a waxy layer on the surface of the cuticle 2. (zoology) the outermost lipoprotein layer of the insect cuticle

  • Epicycle

    [ep-uh-sahy-kuh l] /ˈɛp əˌsaɪ kəl/ noun 1. Astronomy. a small circle the center of which moves around in the circumference of a larger circle: used in Ptolemaic astronomy to account for observed periodic irregularities in planetary motions. 2. Mathematics. a circle that rolls, externally or internally, without slipping, on another circle, generating an or hypocycloid. […]

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