epi·​ge·​al | \ ˌe-pi-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce epigeal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly epigean \ ˌe-​pi-​ˈjē-​ən How to pronounce epigean (audio) \ or epigeous \ ˌe-​pi-​ˈjē-​əs How to pronounce epigeous (audio) \ or epigeic \ ˌe-​pi-​ˈjē-​ik How to pronounce epigeic (audio) \

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

First Known Use of epigeal

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for epigeal

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

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