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monotype

[mon-uh-tahyp] /ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
the only print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture is painted in oil color, printing ink, or the like.
2.
the method of producing such a print.
3.
Biology. the only type of its group, as a single species constituting a genus.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; mono- + -type

Monotype

[mon-uh-tahyp] /ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp/
Printing, Trademark.
1.
a brand of machine for setting and casting type, consisting of a separate keyboard for producing a paper tape containing holes in a coded pattern so that when this tape is fed into the casting unit each code evokes a unique letter cast from hot metal by a special matrix.
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  • It threatens to overtake this highly diverse shallow marsh community and establish a purple loosestrife monotype.
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British Dictionary definitions for monotype

monotype

/ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
a single print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture has been painted
2.
(biology) a monotypic genus or species

Monotype

/ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
trademark any of various typesetting systems, esp originally one in which each character was cast individually from hot metal
2.
type produced by such a system
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Word Origin and History for monotype
n.

1881 in biology; 1882 in printers' arts; 1893 as a brand name of typesetting machine; see mono- + type.

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