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In the Linnaean artificial system: the first order in each of the first thirteen classes, comprising plants having flowers with only one pistil or stigma.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Bradley's General Treatise Agriculture. From scientific Latin Monogynia, order name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae) from ancient Greek μονο- + γυνή + scientific Latin -ia. Compare French monogynie.
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