One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology (Of a chorion or placenta) having many cotyledons (tufts of villi); (of an animal) having such a chorion or placenta. Now rare.
2Botany. Of a plant embryo: = polycotyledonousrare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From poly- + cotyledonary.
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