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Monocot

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Definition

noun, plural: monocotyledons

A group of flowering plants belonging to the class Liliopsida (or Monocotyledonae) of Angiospermae (angiosperms), characterized by having only one cotyledon in the seed and an endogenous manner of growth.


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Examples of monocotyledonous plants are the palms, grasses, orchids, and lilies.

The angiosperms (the flowering plants) can either be a monocotyledon (or monocot) or a dicotyledon (or dicot) according to the number of cotyledons in their seeds.

Apart from the number of cotyledons, other identifying characteristics are as follows:


Word origin: From mono- ("one") + cot- abbreviated form of cotyledon ("embryonic leaf").
Related forms: monocotyledonous (adjective)

Variant: monocotyledon

Compare: dicot