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

  • adj. Botany Having unisexual reproductive organs or flowers, with the organs or flowers of both sexes borne on a single plant, as in corn and pines.
  • adj. Biology Relating to or exhibiting hermaphroditism; hermaphroditic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the male and female reproductive organs on different parts (e.g. different flowers) of the same plant rather than on separate plants (of the same species)
  • adj. hermaphroditic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the sexes united in one individual, as when male and female flowers grow upon the same individual plant; hermaphrodite; -- opposed to diœcious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany:
  • In phanerogams, having the stamens and pistils in different flowers on the same plant.
  • In cryptogams, having both male and female organs on the same individual.
  • In zoology, having both male and female sexual organs; hermaphrodite; androgynous: applied according to the corresponding usage in botany: opposed to diœcious.

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

  • adj. having male and female reproductive organs in the same plant or animal
  • adj. having male and female reproductive organs in the same plant or animal

Etymologies

New Latin Monoecia, class name : mono- + Greek oikiā, dwelling.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mono- + -oecious (Wiktionary)

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