Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective 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.

Etymologies

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

[Latin monīle, necklace + –form.]

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Latin monilia ("jewels") + -form

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