perigee [ per-i-jee ]
1. the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
OTHER WORDS FROM PERIGEE
per·i·ge·al, per·i·ge·an, adjective
WORDS RELATED TO PERIGEE
trajectory, rotation, pattern, path, apogee, track, curve, course, circle, locus, lap, round, cycle, ellipse, circumgyration
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Origin: 1585–95; < French perigée < New Latin perigēum, perigaeum < Greek perígeion (sēmeîon limit), neuter of perígeios near, of the earth, equivalent to peri- peri- + -geios, adj. derivative of gaîa, gê the earth
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