EPiGEAN

epigeal

[ep-i-jee-uhl]
adjective
1.
Entomology. living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation.
2.
Botany, epigeous.
Also, epigean.


Origin:
1860–65; epige(ous) + -al1

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epigeal, epigean or epigeous (ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəl)
 
adj
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
 
[C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + earth]
 
epigean, epigean or epigeous
 
adj
 
[C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + earth]
 
epigeous, epigean or epigeous
 
adj
 
[C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + earth]

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