monocotyledon

noun
mono·​cot·​y·​le·​don | \ ˌmä-nə-ˌkä-tə-ˈlē-dᵊn How to pronounce monocotyledon (audio) \
plural monocotyledons

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

called also monocot

— compare dicotyledon

Other Words from monocotyledon

monocotyledonous \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˌkä-​tə-​ˈlē-​dᵊn-​əs How to pronounce monocotyledon (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of monocotyledon

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monocotyledon

ultimately from New Latin mon- + cotyledon cotyledon

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The first known use of monocotyledon was circa 1727

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“Monocotyledon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monocotyledon. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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monocotyledon

noun
mono·​cot·​y·​le·​don | \ ˌmä-nə-ˌkä-tə-ˈlē-dᵊn How to pronounce monocotyledon (audio) \

Kids Definition of monocotyledon

: a flowering plant (as a palm tree or grass) having an embryo with a single cotyledon

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