Definition of epigeal in English:

epigeal

Syllabification: ep·i·ge·al
Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈjēəl
 
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adjective

Botany
1Growing on or close to the ground. Compare with hypogeal.
More example sentences
  • Following germination, initial growth of both the root and hypocotyl of epigeal seedlings is downwards, arguably as an adaptation to maintain contact with soil moisture in the surface layers of the soil which dry rapidly.
  • The germination of seeds is epigeal.
1.1(Of seed germination) with one or more seed leaves appearing above the ground.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek epigeios (from epi 'upon' + 'earth') + -al.

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