monocotyledon


mono·cot·y·le·don

noun \ˌmä-nə-ˌkä-tə-ˈlē-dən\

Definition of MONOCOTYLEDON

:  any of a class or subclass (Liliopsida or Monocotyledoneae) of chiefly herbaceous angiospermous plants having an embryo with a single cotyledon, usually parallel-veined leaves, and floral organs arranged in cycles of three — compare dicotyledon
mono·cot·y·le·don·ous \-dən-əs\ adjective

Origin of MONOCOTYLEDON

ultimately from New Latin mon- + cotyledon cotyledon
First Known Use: circa 1727

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