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[mon-uh-tip-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈtɪp ɪk/
having only one type.
of the nature of a monotype.
Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.
Origin of monotypic
1875-80; mono- + typic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monotypic
  • Large monotypic stands of cattails are controlled by a combination of prescribed burning and mechanical disturbance.
  • These exotic tree species grow in dense monotypic stands that increase the intensity of wildfires in the area.
  • The monotypic stand of bulrush shelters the birds, while the small open-water pockets are not attractive to snow geese.
  • Rhizomatous, usually occurring in large, monotypic stands.
  • These monotypic thickets of tamarisk eliminates native vegetation and many wildlife species that rely upon plant diversity.
British Dictionary definitions for monotypic


(of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
of or relating to a monotype
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monotypic in Science
Having a single form or member, especially containing no more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A monotypic genus contains a single species, while a monotypic species consists of a single population that is not divided into subspecies. Compare polytypic.
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