noun Astronomy.
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.

1585–95; < French perigée < Neo-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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perigee (ˈpɛrɪˌdʒiː)
Compare apogee the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is nearest the earth
[C16: via French from Greek perigeion, from peri- + gea earth]

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"point at which a celestial body is nearest the Earth," 1594, from Mod.L. perigeum (15c.), from Late Gk. peregeion, used by Ptolemy as a noun, properly neut. of adj. perigeios "near the earth," from peri ges, from peri "near" + ges, gen. of ge "earth."
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perigee  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (pěr'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The point nearest Earth's center in the orbit of the Moon or an artificial satellite.

  2. The point in an orbit that is nearest to the body being orbited. Compare apogee, perihelion.

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perigee [(per-uh-jee)]

The point in the orbit of a satellite at which it is closest to its parent body. (Compare apogee.)

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