One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant) having stamens and pistils in the same flower.
hermaphroditic, epiceneView synonyms
- ‘Some plants with monoclinous flowers possess devices which prevent close-pollination.’
- ‘In self-pollination, the flower is monoclinous and the stigma receives pollen from the anthers of the same flower.’
- ‘The flowers with which you are most familiar are monoclinous.’
- ‘Some of the trees are monoclinous, others only male.’
- ‘Rice is a self-pollinated crop with small flowers that are monoclinous.’
Early 19th century: from French monocline or modern Latin monoclinus, from Greek monos ‘single’ + klinē ‘bed’ + -ous.
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