[ muh-nee-shuh s ]
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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

Related forms

mo·noe·cious·ly, adverbmo·noe·cism [muh-nee-siz-uh m] /məˈni sɪz əm/, mo·noe·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monoecious


monecious monoicous (mɒˈnɔɪkəs)

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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 or moneciously, adverb

Word Origin for monoecious

C18: from New Latin monoecia, from mono- + Greek oikos house
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Medicine definitions for monoecious



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


[ mə-nēshəs ]

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