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[ep-i-kot-l, ep-i-kot-l] /ˌɛp ɪˈkɒt l, ˈɛp ɪˌkɒt l/
noun, Botany
(in the embryo of a plant) that part of the stem above the cotyledons.
Origin of epicotyl
1875-80; epi- + Greek kotýlē cup Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The pea cotyledons were left down in the soil, the epicotyl alone pushing up to the surface.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • That part of the plant above the cotyledons is known as the plumule or epicotyl (meaning above the cotyledons).

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for epicotyl


the part of an embryo plant stem above the cotyledons but beneath the terminal bud
Word Origin
C19: from epi- + Greek kotulē; see cotyledon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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epicotyl in Science
The stem of a seedling or embryo located between the cotyledons and the first true leaves.
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