epi·​cot·​yl ˈe-pi-ˌkä-tᵊl How to pronounce epicotyl (audio)
: the portion of the axis of a plant embryo or seedling above the cotyledonary node

Word History


epi- + cotyledon

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epicotyl was in 1880

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“Epicotyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicotyl. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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