[ muh-nee-shuh s ]
/ məˈni ʃəs /
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
Related formsmo·noe·cious·ly, adverbmo·noe·cism [muh-nee-siz-uh m] /məˈni sɪz əm/, mo·noe·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for monoecious
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
British Dictionary definitions for monoecious
monecious monoicous (mɒˈnɔɪkəs)
/ (mɒˈniːʃəs) /
(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
Derived Formsmonoeciously 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-nē′shəs ]
Having separate male flowers and female flowers on the same plant. Maize and oaks are monoecious plants. Compare dioecious.
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