[ 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
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Examples from the Web for epicotyl

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for epicotyl

/ (ˌɛpɪˈkɒtɪl) /


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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Science definitions for epicotyl

[ ĕpĭ-kŏt′l ]

The stem of a seedling or embryo located between the cotyledons and the first true leaves.
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