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monotypic

[ mon-uh-tip-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈtɪp ɪk /
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adjective
having only one type.
of the nature of a monotype.
Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.
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Origin of monotypic

1875–80; mono- + type + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for monotypic

monotypic
/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈtɪpɪk) /

adjective
(of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
of or relating to a monotype
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Scientific definitions for monotypic

monotypic
[ mŏn′ə-tĭpĭk ]

Having a single form or member, especially containing no more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A monotypic genus contains a single species, while a monotypic species consists of a single population that is not divided into subspecies. Compare polytypic.
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