Definitions

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

  • n. A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A single and continuous vegetable axis; opposed to sympodium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A single and continuous vegetable axis; -- opposed to sympodium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, an axis of growth which continues to extend at the apex in the direction of previous growth, while lateral structures of like kind are produced beneath it in acropetal succession.
  • n. Compare sympodium and dichotomy.
  • n. A form of table having only a central support, used by the ancient Romans.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Late Latin monopodius, one-footed, from Greek monopous : mono-, mono- + pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin. See monopody. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Egyptian tables were round, square, or oblong; the former were generally used during their repasts, and consisted of a circular flat summit, supported like the _monopodium_ of the Romans, on a single shaft, or leg, in the centre, or by the figure of a man, intended to represent a captive.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

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