epigeal


epi·ge·al

adjective \ˌe-pi-ˈjē-əl\

Definition of EPIGEAL

1
of a cotyledon :  forced above ground by elongation of the hypocotyl
2
:  marked by the production of epigeal cotyledons <epigeal germination>
3
:  living on or near the surface of the ground; also :  relating to or being the environment near the surface of the ground

Variants of EPIGEAL

epi·ge·al also epi·ge·an \-ˈjē-ən\ or epi·ge·ous \-ˈjē-əs\ or epi·ge·ic \-ˈjē-ik\

Origin of EPIGEAL

Greek epigaios upon the earth, from epi- + gaia earth
First Known Use: 1861

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