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monoecious

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/ məˈni ʃəs /
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adjective
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.

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Origin of monoecious

First recorded in 1755–65; from New Latin (Linnaeus) Monoeci(a) the name of the group comprising monoecious plants, equivalent to Greek mon- “sole, one” + oîk(os) “house” + Latin -ia noun suffix; see mon-, -ia,-ous

OTHER WORDS FROM monoecious

mo·noe·cious·ly, adverbmo·noe·cism [muh-nee-siz-uhm], /məˈni sɪz əm/, mo·noe·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monoecious

monoecious

monecious monoicous (mɒˈnɔɪkəs)

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adjective
(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 of monoecious

monoeciously or moneciously, adverb

Word Origin for monoecious

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

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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