[ mon-uh-tip-ik ]

  1. having only one type.

  2. of the nature of a monotype.

  1. Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.

Origin of monotypic

1875–80; mono- + type + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for monotypic


/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈtɪpɪk) /

  1. (of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant

  2. of or relating to a monotype

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Scientific definitions for monotypic


[ mŏn′ə-tĭpĭk ]

  1. 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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