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epigeal

or ep·i·ge·an

[ep-i-jee-uh l]
adjective
  1. Entomology. living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation.
  2. Botany. epigeous.
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Origin of epigeal

First recorded in 1860–65; epige(ous) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for epigeal

epigeal

epigean or epigeous

adjective
  1. of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons appear above the ground because of the growth of the hypocotyl
  2. living or growing on or close to the surface of the ground
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek epigeios of the earth, from epi- + earth
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