from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Living or occurring on or near the surface of the ground.
- adjective Botany Of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons emerge above the surface of the ground after germination.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
- In entomology, living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs, or on mosses, roots, and other surface vegetation. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Bot.), rare Epigæous.
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- adjective biology Living near the
surfaceof the ground
- adjective botany Emerging above the surface of the ground after being
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Odontotermes spp. build both subterranean and epigeal nests.
Seeds with epigeal germination may benefit from being planted slightly shallower than suggested above.
Seeds with epigeal germination, for example, many legumes and cucurbits, push their cotyledons above the soil surface.
In albuminous Dicotyledons the cotyledons act as the absorbents of the reserve-food of the seed and are commonly brought above ground (_epigeal_), either withdrawn from the seed-coat or carrying it upon them, and then they serve as the first green organs of the plant.