1. the point nearest to the earth in the orbit of the moon or of a man-made satellite
2. the lowest or nearest point
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Word origin of 'perigee'Fr périgée < Late ML perigaeum < LGr perigeion < Gr perigeios, around the earth < peri-, near + gē, the earth