monopodium

[ mon-uh-poh-dee-uh m ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di əm /

noun, plural mon·o·po·di·a [mon-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di ə/. Botany.

a single main axis that continues to extend at the apex in the original line of growth, giving off lateral branches beneath in acropetal succession.
Compare sympodium.

Origin of monopodium

First recorded in 1870–75; mono- + -podium

Related forms

mon·o·po·di·al, adjectivemon·o·po·di·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for monopodium

  • The monopodium was a table or stand with but one support, used especially to hold a lamp or toilet articles.

    The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for monopodium

monopodium

/ (ˌmɒnəˈpəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

the main axis of growth in the pine tree and similar plants: the main stem, which elongates from the tip and gives rise to lateral branchesCompare sympodium

Derived Forms

monopodial, adjectivemonopodially, adverb

Word Origin for monopodium

C19: New Latin, from Greek monopous, from mono- + pous foot
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Science definitions for monopodium

monopodium

[ mŏn′ə-pōdē-əm ]

Plural monopodia

A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
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