epigeous

[ep-i-jee-uhs]
adjective Botany.
1.
growing on or close to the ground.
2.
(of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination.

Origin:
1825–35; < Greek epígeios on, of the world, equivalent to epi- epi- + -geios (ge-, stem of earth + -ios adj. suffix); see -ous

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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]

epigeous (ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəs)
 
adj
a variant of epigeal

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epigeous   (ěp'ə-jē'əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to the germination of a seed in which the cotyledons emerge above the surface of the ground. Compare hypogeous.
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The adaptation value of reproductive strategy and mode in three epigeous earthworm species.
Both taxa are small to medium sized, epigeous mushrooms and presumably need moisture to fruit.
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