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aboveground

[uh-buhv-ground]
adjective
1.
situated on or above the ground.
2.
not secret or hidden; in the open: the aboveground activities of the country's left-wing faction.

Origin:
1875–80; above + ground1

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aboveground

adjective
on or above the surface of the ground; "aboveground nuclear testing"; "surface instruments for detecting oil deposits"; "surface transportation" 
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