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epigeal

play
adjective epi·ge·al \ˌe-pi-ˈjē-əl\

Definition of epigeal

  1. 1 of a cotyledon :  forced above ground by elongation of the hypocotyl

  2. 2 :  marked by the production of epigeal cotyledons <epigeal germination>

  3. 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

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

Origin of epigeal

Greek epigaios upon the earth, from epi- + gaia earth


First Known Use: 1861


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