[ep-i-kot-l, ep-i-kot-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
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Examples from the Web for epicotyl

Historical Examples of epicotyl

  • 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 for epicotyl

C19: from epi- + Greek kotulē; see cotyledon
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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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