from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to that deep-seated portion of the earth which is not open to observation.
  • Derived from Arachis hypogæa.


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  • The Atiine society, however, is but one of the culture-types that the Myrmicines have produced. Pastoral groups, thief ants, temporary parasites, permanently parasitic forms in which the worker caste has been abandoned, hypogeic forms, epigeic forms, bold conquistadors, all have sprung from this versatile and prolific group.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 42

    December 5, 2008