from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various flowering plants, such as grasses, orchids, and lilies, having a single cotyledon in the seed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant belonging to the Monocotyledones (also written Monocotyledonae) or Liliopsida, a class in the Angiospermae, the flowering plants. This group include the grasses, lilies, orchids and palms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant with only one cotyledon, or seed lobe; a member of the Monocotyledonae.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monocotyledonous plant; an endogen. See endogen, and cut under cotyledon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a monocotyledonous flowering plant; the stem grows by deposits on its inside
To date three volumes have been published covering ferns and fern allies, orchids and gymnosperms and non-orchid monocotyledon.
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One of these determinables is number of cotyledons under which fall the determinates acotyledon, monocotyledon, and dicotyledon.
The leaves are petiolate, often cordate, with strongly marked reticulate veining (unusual for a monocotyledon), sometimes lobed, occasionally palmately compound.
A perennial, herbaceous monocotyledon, rather variable in many characteristics such as colour of foliage, height, size, shape and composition of the rhizomes.
Beginning with the cryptogams, the system proceeds from the monocotyledon to the dicotyledon, and closes with the coniferæ.
In Palæozoic strata the entire want of plants of the most complex organisation is very striking, for not a single dicotyledonous angiosperm has yet been found, and only one undoubted monocotyledon.
Nothing could be more useful than botany-those who could not distinguish between a dicotyledon and a monocotyledon could certainly never rightly grasp the nature of a hedgerow.
The case described in your last letter of the trimorphic monocotyledon
And such is the milky juice in the centre of the cocoa-nut, and part of the kernel of it; the same I suppose of all other monocotyledon seeds, as of the palms, grasses, and lilies.