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epigeal

[ep-i-jee-uh l] /ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əl/
adjective
1.
Entomology. living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation.
2.
Botany, epigeous.
Also, epigean.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; epige(ous) + -al1
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epigeal

/ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons appear above the ground because of the growth of the hypocotyl
2.
living or growing on or close to the surface of the ground
Word Origin
C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + earth
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