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monocotyledon

mon·o·cot·y·le·don

monocotyledon

 
pronunciation:
ma n ka t li dn
part of speech: noun
definition: a member of the subgroup of flowering plants that produce only one seed leaf, usu. bear leaves with parallel veins, and do not grow in width by means of a vascular cambium. (Cf. dicotyledon.)
Grasses, lilies, and orchids are all monocotyledons.
derivation: monocot (n.)