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In the Linnaean artificial system: the first class of plants, comprising those with hermaphrodite flowers having only one stamen; (also) an order characterized by flowers with one stamen in any of certain other classes.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Monandria (Linnaeus Systema Naturae) from mono- + -andria (from ancient Greek -ανδρος + -ia).
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