- 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.
Origin of monoecious
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Shrubs, with monoecious or dioecious flowers in catkins, and aromatic foliage.The Plants of Michigan
Henry Allan Gleason
The wild rice, which fills this part of the river, is monoecious.
Monoecious: when both sexual elements or glands exist in one individual.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
monecious monoicous (mɒˈnɔɪkəs)
- (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
Word Origin for monoecious
C18: from New Latin monoecia, from mono- + Greek oikos house
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- 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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- Having separate male flowers and female flowers on the same plant. Maize and oaks are monoecious plants. Compare dioecious.
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