Meaning of hypogeal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪpə(ʊ)ˈdʒiːəl/


(also hypogean)
  • 1Botany
    Underground; subterranean.

    Compare with epigeal

    ‘Quercus seedlings have hypogeal cotyledons and tap roots, both of which act as storage organs.’
    • ‘We examined sequence variation in a mitochondrial gene, ND2, from 364 individuals representing 6 hypogean and 11 epigean populations.’
    subterranean, subterrestrial, below ground, buried, sunken, lower-level, basement
    1. 1.1(of seed germination) with the seed leaves remaining below the ground.
      ‘Examples of hypogeal germination are seen in oak and runner bean.’
      • ‘If hypogeal, the cotyledon remains below ground at germination, feeding a tiny growing bulb from the endosperm.’


Late 17th century via late Latin from Greek hupogeios (from hupo ‘under’ + gē ‘earth’) + -al.