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Monera

[muh-neer-uh]
noun (used with a plural verb) Biology.
  1. a taxonomic kingdom of prokaryotic organisms that typically reproduce by asexual budding or fission and have a nutritional mode of absorption, photosynthesis, or chemosynthesis, comprising the bacteria, blue-green algae, and various primitive pathogens.
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Origin of Monera

< New Latin (1869), plural of monēron, coinage based on Greek monḗrēs solitary, single, derivative of mónos alone, only
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Historical Examples of monera

  • Still, what are we otherwise to do with the still living Monera?

    The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)

    Ernst Haeckel

  • But in the case of the monera there is no such organization.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • I therefore proposed to give them the general title of monera.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • The Crystals show signs of something like taking nourishment, but the real taking of food may be said to commence with the Monera.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

  • These and other writers suppose that the nucleus has been overlooked in the protoplasm of the monera I have described.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel


monera in Culture

Monera

[(muh-neer-uh) (or Prokaryotae)]

The kingdom of single-celled organisms without a cell nucleus (see also prokaryotes). Monera are the most primitive living things and are thought to have been the first to evolve.

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