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[ep-i-jee-uh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. growing on or close to the ground.
  2. (of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination.
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Origin of epigeous

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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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. a variant of epigeal
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epigeous in Science


  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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