Definition of epicormic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈkôrmik/


(Of a shoot or branch) growing from a previously dormant bud on the trunk or a limb of a tree.
Example sentences
  • Analysis of height vs. diameter ratios among different tree subgroups, with and without epicormic branching, suggested that trees with epicormic branches generally have a low level of secondary growth compared with primary growth.
  • These buds may have developed into plagiotropic branches or orthotropic epicormic shoots.
  • Analyses were performed in duplicate on each of the 12 radiata trees that developed epicormic shoots and were used as the plant material source.


Early 20th century: from epi- 'upon' + Greek kormos 'tree trunk'.

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Syllabification: ep·i·cor·mic

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