American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, an axis of growth which continues to extend at the apex in the direction of previous growth, while lateral structures of like kind are produced beneath it in acropetal succession.
- n. Compare sympodium and dichotomy.
- n. A form of table having only a central support, used by the ancient Romans.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A single and continuous vegetable axis; -- opposed to
- Latin. See monopody. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from Late Latin monopodius, one-footed, from Greek monopous : mono-, mono- + pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Egyptian tables were round, square, or oblong; the former were generally used during their repasts, and consisted of a circular flat summit, supported like the _monopodium_ of the Romans, on a single shaft, or leg, in the centre, or by the figure of a man, intended to represent a captive.”
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