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1Mathematics= "monomial". rare.
2Chiefly Taxonomy. A name or expression consisting of one word only.
Chiefly Taxonomy. Designating a name or expression consisting of one word only.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), essayist. From mono- + -nomial, as alteration of monomial.
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