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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 of epigeous
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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  • It is a short, unattractive tree, with epigeous branches spreading out in a straggling manner.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for epigeous

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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