also epigean or epigeous or epigeic adjective Etymology: Greek epigaios upon the earth, from epi- + gaia earth Date: 1861 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

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  • epigeal — ep•i•ge•al [[t]ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əl[/t]] also ep i•ge′an adj. ent living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation: epigeal insects[/ex] • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • epigeal — /ep i jee euhl/, adj. 1. Entomol. living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation. 2. Bot. epigeous. Also, epigean. [1860 65; EPIGE(OUS) + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • epigeal — adjective a) Living near the surface of the ground b) (of a cotyledon) Emerging above the surface of the ground after being germinated …   Wiktionary

  • epigeal — [ˌɛpɪ dʒi:əl] adjective Botany growing or occurring above the ground surface. Compare with hypogeal. Origin C19: from Gk epigeios + al …   English new terms dictionary

  • epigeal — ep·i·ge·al …   English syllables

  • epigeal — /ɛpiˈdʒiəl/ (say epee jeeuhl) adjective 1. of an insect, living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or on other surface vegetation. 2. → epigeous. Also, epigean. {epige(ous) + al1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • epigeal —   a. living or growing near the ground …   Dictionary of difficult words

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