- the primary or rudimentary leaf of the embryo of seed plants.
- Anatomy. any of several lobules of the placenta.
Origin of cotyledon
Examples from the Web for cotyledon
On the shadiest side homed most of the ferns and the Cotyledon.Her Father's Daughter
The scutellum is considered to represent the first leaf or cotyledon.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
It may be separated from the cotyledon and used in the form of a powder.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
The name Echeveria is now given up by botanists for Cotyledon.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
It is called a cotyledon if there is but one portion, cotyledons if two.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.
Ellen Eddy Shaw
- a simple embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants, which, in some species, forms the first green leaf after germination
- a tuft of villi on the mammalian placenta
Word Origin and History for cotyledon
from 1540s, in various sense, from Latin cotyledon "pennywort, navelwort," from Greek kotyledon "cup-shaped cavity," from kotyle "hollow thing, small vessel," also the name of a small liquid measure (nearly a half-pint); of uncertain origin. Botanical sense is 1776, from Linnaeus (1751).
- One of the lobules constituting the uterine side of the placenta, consisting mainly of a rounded mass of villi.
- A leaf of the embryo of a seed plant, which, upon germination, either remains in the seed or emerges, enlarges, and becomes green; a seed leaf.
- A leaf of the embryo of a seed-bearing plant. Most cotyledons emerge, enlarge, and become green after the seed has germinated. Cotyledons either store food for the growing embryo (as in monocotyledons) or absorb food that has been stored in the endosperm (as in other angiosperms) for eventual distribution to the growing parts of the embryo. Also called seed leaf See more at eudicotyledon monocotyledon.