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[ep-i-kot-l, ep-i-kot-l] /ˌɛp ɪˈkɒt l, ˈɛp ɪˌkɒt l/
noun, Botany.
(in the embryo of a plant) that part of the stem above the cotyledons.
Origin of epicotyl
1875-80; epi- + Greek kotýlē cup Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for epicotyl
Historical Examples
  • That part of the plant above the cotyledons is known as the plumule or epicotyl (meaning above the cotyledons).

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • The pea cotyledons were left down in the soil, the epicotyl alone pushing up to the surface.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for epicotyl


the part of an embryo plant stem above the cotyledons but beneath the terminal bud
Word Origin
C19: from epi- + Greek kotulē; see cotyledon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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epicotyl in Science
The stem of a seedling or embryo located between the cotyledons and the first true leaves.
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