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ep·i·ge·al(ĕp′ə-jē′əl) also ep·i·ge·an (-ən) or ep·i·ge·ous (-əs)
1. Living or occurring on or near the surface of the ground.
2. Botany Of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons emerge above the surface of the ground after germination.
[From Greek epigeios, on the earth : epi-, epi- + gē, earth.]
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1. (Botany) of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons appear above the ground because of the growth of the hypocotyl
2. (Biology) living or growing on or close to the surface of the ground
[C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + gē earth]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ep•i•ge•al(ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əl)
living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation: epigeal insects.
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