Definitions

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

Etymologies

mono- +‎ cotyledon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Determinates vs. Determinables

  • The leaves are petiolate, often cordate, with strongly marked reticulate veining (unusual for a monocotyledon), sometimes lobed, occasionally palmately compound.

    Chapter 37

  • A perennial, herbaceous monocotyledon, rather variable in many characteristics such as colour of foliage, height, size, shape and composition of the rhizomes.

    Chapter 26

  • Beginning with the cryptogams, the system proceeds from the monocotyledon to the dicotyledon, and closes with the coniferæ.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • 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.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 15 — Science

  • 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.

    Hodge and His Masters

  • The case described in your last letter of the trimorphic monocotyledon

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • 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.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

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