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Nov 21, 2006
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

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exigent
subjacent
invidious
circumscribe
effrontery

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subjacent

(sub-JAY-suhnt) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective: Lying under or below something.

From Latin subjacent- (stem of subjacens), present participle of subjacere (to underlie), from sub- (under) + jacere (to lie). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ye- (to throw), that is also the source of jettison, eject, project, reject, object, subject, adjective, joist, and ejaculate.

"Is surface-derived water, circulating deeply and heated passively by subjacent magma intrusions, sufficient to leach metals from solid rocks and make an ore deposit?"
Christoph A. Heinrich; How Fast Does Gold Trickle Out of Volcanoes?; Science Magazine (Washington, DC); Oct 12, 2006.

See more usage examples of subjacent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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