[ ep-i-jee-uhs ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈdʒi əs /
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adjective Botany.

growing on or close to the ground.
(of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination.



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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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  • It is a short, unattractive tree, with epigeous branches spreading out in a straggling manner.

British Dictionary definitions for epigeous

/ (ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəs) /


a variant of epigeal
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Scientific definitions for epigeous

[ ĕp′ə-jēəs ]

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