epigeal

adjective

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of epigeal was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Epigeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigeal. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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