Meaning of epigeal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛpɪˈdʒiːəl/


  • 1Botany
    Growing on or close to the ground.

    Compare with hypogeal

    ‘Following germination, initial growth of both the root and hypocotyl of epigeal seedlings is downwards, arguably as an adaptation to maintain contact with soil moisture in the surface layers of the soil which dry rapidly.’
    • ‘The germination of seeds is epigeal.’
    1. 1.1(of seed germination) with one or more seed leaves appearing above the ground.


Mid 19th century from Greek epigeios (from epi ‘upon’ + gē ‘earth’) + -al.