from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A plant belonging to one of the large primary classes into which the vegetable kingdom is divided: so named from the belief that the fibrovascular bundles were developed only about the center of the stem, in distinction from the exogens or “outside growers”; a monocotyledon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A plant which increases in size by internal growth and elongation at the summit, having the wood in the form of bundles or threads, irregularly distributed throughout the whole diameter, not forming annual layers, and with no distinct pith. The leaves of the endogens have, usually, parallel veins, their flowers are mostly in three, or some multiple of three, parts, and their embryos have but a single cotyledon, with the first leaves alternate. The endogens constitute one of the great primary classes of plants, and included all palms, true lilies, grasses, rushes, orchids, the banana, pineapple, etc. See
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- noun botany A
plantwhich increases in size by internal growthand elongationat the summit, having the woodin the form of bundlesor threads, irregularly distributed throughout the whole diameter, not forming annual layers, and with no distinct pith.
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- noun a monocotyledonous flowering plant; the stem grows by deposits on its inside
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Smilax belongs to a transition class, partaking somewhat of the nature of endogen and of exogen.
The endogen in general use is the elai's, which is considered to supply a better and more delicate liquor than the raphia.
For drink, the denizen of the high table-land find his favourite beverage -- the rival of champagne -- in the core of the gigantic aloe; while he of the tropic coast-land refreshes himself from the juice of another native endogen, the acrocomia palm.
The endogen in general use is the elai’s, which is considered to supply a better and more delicate liquor than the raphia.
(To these points of comparison may be added, its principle of growth: it is an endogen, and grows from within; its usefulness; the Syrians enumerating 360 different uses to which it may be put; and the statement that it bears its best fruit in old age.