[ ep-i-jee-uhs ]

  1. growing on or close to the ground.

  2. (of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination.

Origin of epigeous

First recorded in 1825–35; from Greek epígeios “on, of the world,” equivalent to epi- prefix meaning “on, over, near, etc.” + -geios (ge-, stem of “earth“ + -ios adjective suffix); see epi-, -ous

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How to use epigeous in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəs) /

  1. a variant of epigeal

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Scientific definitions for epigeous


[ ĕp′ə-jēəs ]

  1. Relating to the germination of a seed in which the cotyledons emerge above the surface of the ground. Compare hypogeous.

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