1. Astronomy The point in an orbit around the planet Earth where the orbiting body is closest to the planet.
2. The analogous point in an orbit around a celestial body other than Earth. Not in technical use.
[Frenchpérigée, fromMedieval Latinperigeum, fromLate Greekperigeion : Greekperi-, peri- + Greekge, earth.]
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