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

  • adj. Resembling a string of beads, as the roots of certain plants or the antennae of certain insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a form resembling a string of beads, where the component parts or segments are more or less uniform in size and are spherical or rounded in shape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Joined or constricted, at regular intervals, so as to resemble a string of beads. See Illust. of antenna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a string of beads: applied in zoölogy and botany to organs, vessels, stems, roots, pods, etc., which have a series of beady swellings alternating with constrictions. Also monilioid.


Latin monīle, necklace + -form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin monilia ("jewels") + -form (Wiktionary)



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