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
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.
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.