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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Biology Living or occurring on or near the surface of the ground.
  • adj. Botany Of or relating to the emergence of cotyledons above the surface of the ground after germination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Living near the surface of the ground
  • adj. Emerging above the surface of the ground after being germinated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Epigæous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as epigeous.
  • In entomology, living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs, or on mosses, roots, and other surface vegetation. Also epigæal.

Etymologies

From Greek epigeios, on the earth : epi-, epi- + , earth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
epi- +‎ -geal (Wiktionary)

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