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 (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- + , earth.]


(ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəl) ,




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- + earth]


(ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əl)

also ep`i•ge′an,

living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation: epigeal insects.
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Seedlings (Figure 1A and C) are phanerocotylar and epigeal, with axial root, collet visible for presenting slight constriction, hypocotyl long, cylindrical and green, and epicotyl relatively short, cylindrical, green, hairy, with scale like leaves.
The active epigeal mounds of this termite species were looked for and then fortnightly collection of workers from traps inserted into mound was done.
Records of epigeal spiders in Bahia Blanca, in the temperate region of Argentina
rubra are positively phototaxic in the laboratory (Couret and Wong, 1978; Bailey-Brock and Brock, 1993), implying that they should be attracted to the epigeal portion of the ecosystem, they have never been found in anchialine habitats of the islands.
Comparing taxonomic levels of epigeal insects under different farming systems in Andalusian olive agroecosystems.
The effects of varied grazing management on epigeal spiders, harvestmen and pseudoscorpions of Nardus stricta grassland in upland Scotland.
Influence of habitat and microhabitat on epigeal spider (Araneae) assemblages in four stand types.