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

  • adj. Botany Growing on a lower surface of a structure, as fungi on leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Produced below or upon the under surface: applied to fungi growing upon the under side of leaves: distinguished from epigenous and epiphyllous. Also hypophyllous.
  • Growing beneath the surface, as the cephalodia of some lichens. Also hypomenous.


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  • "Stamens six, hypogenous! anthers introrse! capsule cartilaginous, loculicidally three-valved, scurfy-leaved epiphytic!"

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  • "come no dreams," and the last sounds of the lecturer's "hypogenous and perigenous" died away, becoming beautifully less, till your senses sank into rest, the syllables "rigging us, rigging us," seemed to melt away in the distance and fade from your memory -- Peace be with you, Doctor A.

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