(botany, of a cotyledon) Emerging above the surface of the ground after being germinated.
Origin of epigeal
From Greek epigeioson the earthepi-epi-gēearth
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
epi- + -geal
Epigeal Sentence Examples
It has a short swollen stem base, long stout adventitious roots and strong leafy, epigeal stolons that root at the nodes.
The seven series of Monocotyledons represent a sequence beginning with the most complicated epigynous orders, such as Orchideae and Scitamineae, and passing through the petaloid hypogynous orders (series Coronarieae) of which Liliaceae is the representative to Juncaceae and the palms (series Calycinae) where the perianth Ioses its petaloid character and thence to the Aroids, screw-pines and 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act as the absorbents of the reserve-food of the seed and are commonly brought above ground (epigeal), either withdrawn from the seed-coat or carrying it upon them, and then they serve as the first green organs of the plant.