hypogeal

[ hahy-puh-jee-uhl, hip-uh- ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi əl, ˌhɪp ə- /

adjective

underground; subterranean: hypogeal germination;hypogeal fungi.

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Also hy·po·ge·an [hahy-puh-jee-uhn, hip-uh-], /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi ən, ˌhɪp ə-/, hy·po·ge·ous [hahy-puh-jee-uhs hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi əs ˌhɪp ə-/ .

Origin of hypogeal

First recorded in 1680–90; from Latin hypogē(us), from Greek hypógeios “underground, subterranean” (equivalent to hypo- + “earth” + -ios ) + -al; see origin at hypo-, geo-, -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for hypogeal

hypogeal

hypogeous

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈdʒiːəl) /

adjective

occurring or living below the surface of the ground
botany of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons remain below the ground, because of the growth of the epicotyl

Word Origin for hypogeal

C19: from Latin hypogēus, from Greek hupogeios, from hypo- + earth
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