hypogeal

or hy·po·gae·al, hy·po·ge·ous, hy·po·gae·ous

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

adjective

underground; subterranean.

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Origin of hypogeal

1680–90; < Latin hypogē(us) (< Greek hypógeios underground, subterranean, equivalent to hypo- hypo- + earth + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for hypogeous (1 of 2)

hypogeous
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈdʒiːəs) /

adjective

another word for hypogeal

British Dictionary definitions for hypogeous (2 of 2)

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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Scientific definitions for hypogeous

hypogeous
[ hī′pə-jēəs ]

Relating to the germination of a seed in which the cotyledons remain below the surface of the ground. Compare epigeous.
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