monocot

noun
mono·​cot | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkät How to pronounce monocot (audio) \
plural monocots

Definition of monocot

: a chiefly herbaceous angiospermous plant (such as a grass, lily, or palm) having an embryo with a single cotyledon, usually parallel-veined leaves, and floral organs arranged in multiples of three : monocotyledon Monocots account for a quarter of all flowering plants.— Caroline Brogan Scientists have long had trouble placing monocots, whose seeds contain just one embryonic leaf, on the plant family tree.— Elizabeth Pennisi often used before another noun monocot plants… major monocot crops such as barley, sorghum, maize, rice, wheat, and soybean.Persistence Market Research — compare dicot

Examples of monocot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The monocots require little attention, and deer rarely even attempt to consume the rough leaves. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 Some people have observed injury to monocots like iris and daylilies, while others have not. Melinda Myers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall grasses, upright shrubs provide screening," 9 Mar. 2018 Some people have observed injury to monocots like iris and daylilies, while others have not. Melinda Myers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall grasses, upright shrubs provide screening," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of monocot

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Monocot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monocot. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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