One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Biology. Arranged in a single vertical row, rank, or series on one side of an axis, as the flowers of certain grasses. Compare earlier "distichous".
2Of the teeth of certain amphibians: arranged in a single row.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From ancient Greek μονο- mono- + στίχος row, line + -ous; compare -stichous.
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