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epigeous

[ep-i-jee-uh s] /ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əs/
adjective, Botany
1.
growing on or close to the ground.
2.
(of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination.
Origin
1825-1835
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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Examples from the web for epigeous
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for epigeous

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

epigeous

/ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəs/
adjective
1.
a variant of epigeal
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epigeous in Science
epigeous
  (ěp'ə-jē'əs)   
Relating to the germination of a seed in which the cotyledons emerge above the surface of the ground. Compare hypogeous.
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