One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Working with a single trunk or piece of timber; made out of a single trunk or piece of timber.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Daniel Wilson (1816–1892), anthropologist and university administrator. From classical Latin monoxylus (Pliny) or its etymon ancient Greek μονόξυλος made from a solid trunk or piece of wood (usually applied to boats; from μονο- + ξύλον: see xylo-) + -ous, after monoxylon, monoxyle.
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