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[muh-nee-shuh s] /məˈni ʃəs/
Biology. having both male and female organs in the same individual; hermaphroditic.
Botany. (of a plant, species, etc.) having the stamens and the pistils in separate flowers on the same plant.
Also, monecious.
Origin of monoecious
1755-65; < New Latin (Linnaeus) Monoeci(a) name of the group comprising monoecious plants (equivalent to Greek mon- mon- + oîk(os) house + New Latin -ia -ia) + -ous
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monoeciously, adverb
[muh-nee-siz-uh m] /məˈni sɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
monoecy, noun Unabridged
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(of some flowering plants) having the male and female reproductive organs in separate flowers on the same plant
(of some animals and lower plants) hermaphrodite
Compare dioecious
Derived Forms
monoeciously, moneciously, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin monoecia, from mono- + Greek oikos house
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monoecious in Medicine

monoecious mo·noe·cious or mo·ne·cious (mə-nē'shəs)

  1. Having unisexual reproductive organs or flowers, with the organs or flowers of both sexes carried on a single plant, as in corn.

  2. Hermaphroditic.

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monoecious in Science
Having separate male flowers and female flowers on the same plant. Maize and oaks are monoecious plants. Compare dioecious.
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