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Monocotyledon

Monˊo-cotˊy-le′don

,
Noun.
[
Mono-
+
cotyledon
: cf. F.
monocotylédone
.]
(Bot.)
A plant with only one cotyledon, or seed lobe; a member of the
Monocotyledonae
.
☞ The plural, monocotyledons, is used as the name of a large class of plants (the
Monocotyledones
, or
Monocotyledonae
), and is generally understood to be equivalent to the term endogens.

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monocotyledon

monocotyledon

English

Noun

monocotyledon (plural monocotyledons)

  1. (botany) Any plant whose seedlings typically have one cotyledon (seed leaf) (in contrast to the two cotyledons typical of dicots), thereby belonging to the taxonomic monocots, formerly variously known as Monocotyledones, Monocotyledonae, or Liliopsida, a class in the Angiospermae, the flowering plants. This group include the grasses, lilies, orchids and palms.

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  • Outside definitions or strict taxonomic usage, monocot is the preferred form.

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