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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A natural class of flowering plants, having a single seed-leaf or cotyledon in the embryo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. comprising seed plants that produce an embryo with a single cotyledon and parallel-veined leaves: includes grasses and lilies and palms and orchids; divided into four subclasses or superorders: Alismatidae; Arecidae; Commelinidae; and Liliidae


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