Define Epigeal and Hypogeal

Adam Fikso
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 09:24:32 PST
 I also found the discussion on hypogeal and epigeal usage useful and 
informative.  But I don't think we have to go for the degree of precision 
that gives only one usage for any word.  At this point, if one wants to be 
precise one can just say what one means- refining the usage in the sentence 
one writes or speaks.  Unlike Merriam-Webter where the definitions are 

 We get by without without numbering the usage in our sentences.  And we 
shouldn't have to  resort only to Greek and Latin usages and talk 
medico-speak It only delays the issue.  We have epi- and hypo-geal already 
and as you see, it needs more perfecting yet.

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I am very grateful for all the discussion of epigeal and hypogeal.  After
Jim McK.'s elaboration of the types of germination in Lilium, I despair of
finding a concise and clear definition!  Still, this has been an
enlightening and very useful experience.  The variety of Nature is testing
the limits of our vocabularies.

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