hypogeal

adjective hy·po·ge·al \ ˌhī-pə-ˈjē-əl \
variants: or hypogean play \ˌhī-pə-ˈjē-ən\ or hypogeous play \ˌhī-pə-ˈjē-əs\
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of hypogeal

1 : growing or living below the surface of the ground
2 of a cotyledon : remaining below the ground while the epicotyl elongates

Origin and Etymology of hypogeal

Late Latin hypogēus, hypogaeos "underground, subterranean" (borrowed from Greek hypógeios, hypógaios, from hypo- hypo- + -geios, adjective derivative of "earth" and -gaios, adjective derivative of gaîa "earth") + 1-al, 1-an, -ous — more at geo-


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