[ muh-neer-uh ]
/ məˈnɪər ə /
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noun Biology.
(in the five-kingdom system of taxonomic classification) the kingdom of prokaryotic organisms that include the bacteria and typically reproduce by asexual budding or fission, and that are nourished through photosynthesis or chemosynthesis.
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Origin of Monera

First recorded in 1865–70; from New Latin, plural of monēron, coinage based on Greek monḗrēs “solitary, single,” derivative of mónos “alone, only”
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Cultural definitions for 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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