[ mon-uh-poh-dee-uhm ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di əm /
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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.
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Compare sympodium.

Origin of monopodium

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


mon·o·po·di·al, adjectivemon·o·po·di·al·ly, adverb
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How to use monopodium in a sentence

  • 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
  • Form and size: The sweet gum has a beautiful symmetrical shape, forming a true monopodium.

    Studies of Trees|Jacob Joshua Levison

British Dictionary definitions for 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 of monopodium

monopodial, adjectivemonopodially, adverb

Word Origin for monopodium

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