Definitions

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

  • n. A flowering plant with two embryonic seed leaves or cotyledons that usually appear at germination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant whose seedling has two cotyledons.
  • n. Any plant in what used to be the Dicotyledones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant whose seeds divide into two seed lobes, or cotyledons, in germinating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant which produces an embryo having two cotyledons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flowering plant with two cotyledons; the stem grows by deposit on its outside

Etymologies

From di- ("two") + cotyledon ("embryonic leaf"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "cotyledon" and "dicotyledon" -- I should not have been surprised; but they blundered over the ordinary English, and had next to no sense of the meaning of punctuation.

    Change in the Village

  • In the Border Ranges, approximately 140 dicotyledon genera are Gondwanan in origin, including rain forest genera (Nothofagus, Ceratopetalum, Akania) and non-rainforest genera such as Cassinia, Bauera, Hibbertia, and Leucopogon.

    Eastern Australian temperate forests

  • One of these determinables is number of cotyledons under which fall the determinates acotyledon, monocotyledon, and dicotyledon.

    Determinates vs. Determinables

  • I will describe as examples the reproduction of a moss, a fern, and a dicotyledon.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 531, March 6, 1886

  • Beginning with the cryptogams, the system proceeds from the monocotyledon to the dicotyledon, and closes with the conifer├Ž.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • "A primrose by the river's brim," whether "a yellow primrose 'tis to him," or a dicotyledon, may be outwardly described more and less well; but we require for that purpose only the rudiments of literary prose.

    Platform Monologues

  • Mammal, amphibian, coleoptera, dicotyledon, cryptogam, -- all these terms, which, if they were translated into the language of a peasant, would be seen to record very simple observations, yet do lend a kind of formal majesty to ignorance.

    Romance Two Lectures

  • Nothing could be more useful than botany-those who could not distinguish between a dicotyledon and a monocotyledon could certainly never rightly grasp the nature of a hedgerow.

    Hodge and His Masters

  • -- The engraving conveys the impression that the leaves are parallel-veined; but the coca is a dicotyledon, with the under surface of the leaf strongly marked with veins, of which two, in addition to the midrib, run parallel with the margin.

    The Andes and the Amazon Across the Continent of South America

  • They have a double seed-leaf which means they are a dicotyledon.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

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