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monocotyledon

[mon-uh-kot-l-eed-n] /ˌmɒn əˌkɒt lˈid n/
noun, Botany
1.
an angiospermous plant of the class Monocotyledones, characterized by producing seeds with one cotyledon and an endogenous manner of growth.
Compare dicotyledon.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < New Latin; see mono-, cotyledon
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British Dictionary definitions for monocotyledon

monocotyledon

/ˌmɒnəʊˌkɒtɪˈliːdən/
noun
1.
any flowering plant of the class Monocotyledonae, having a single embryonic seed leaf, leaves with parallel veins, and flowers with parts in threes: includes grasses, lilies, palms, and orchids Often shortened to monocot Compare dicotyledon
Derived Forms
monocotyledonous, adjective
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monocotyledon in Science
monocotyledon (mŏn'ə-kŏt'l-ēd'n) or monocot
  (mŏn'ə-kŏt'l-ēd'n)   

Any of a class of angiosperm plants having a single cotyledon in the seed. Monocotyledons have leaves with parallel veins, flower parts in multiples of three, and fibrous root systems. Their primary vascular bundles are scattered throughout the stem, not arranged in a ring as in eudicotyledons. Grasses, palms, lilies, irises, and orchids are monocotyledons. See more at leaf. Compare eudicotyledon.

monocotyledonous adjective
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