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monocotyledon

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mono- +‎ cotyledon

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monocotyledon (plural monocotyledons)

  1. (botany) Any plant whose seedlings typically have one cotyledon (seed leaf) (in contrast to the two cotyledons typical of dicots), thereby belonging to the taxonomic monocots, formerly variously known as Monocotyledones, Monocotyledonae, or Liliopsida, a class in the Angiospermae, the flowering plants. This group include the grasses, lilies, orchids and palms.

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  • Outside definitions or strict taxonomic usage, monocot is the preferred form.

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