monocotyledon[män′ō kät′ə lēd′'n, män′ə-]
monocotyledon definition by Webster's New World
Bot. any of a class (Liliopsida) of angiosperms, including lilies, orchids, and grasses, having an embryo containing only one cotyledon, and characterized by parallel-veined leaves, flower parts in multiples of three, and no secondary growth in stems and roots
often clipped to monocot
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- monocotyledonous adjective
monocotyledon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Any of various flowering plants, such as grasses, orchids, and lilies, having a single cotyledon in the seed.
- monˌo·cotˌy·leˈdon·ous adjective
monocotyledon - Science Definition
Any of a class of angiosperm plants having a single cotyledon in the seed. Monocotyledons have leaves with parallel veins, flower parts in multiples of three, and fibrous root systems. Their primary vascular bundles are scattered throughout the stem, not arranged in a ring as in eudicotyledons. Grasses, palms, lilies, irises, and orchids are monocotyledons. See more at leaf. Compare eudicotyledon.
- monocotyledonous monocotyledonous adjective
cross section of a corn seed