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1. Biology The sole member of its group, such as a single species that constitutes a genus.
2. A unique print made by pressing paper against a painted or inked surface.

mon′o·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk) adj.


A trademark for a typesetting machine operated from a keyboard that activates a unit that casts and sets individual characters.


1. (Biology) (of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
2. (Biology) of or relating to a monotype
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) of or relating to a monotype
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Adj.1.monotypic - consisting of only one type
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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The monogeneric family Ephedraceae contains approximately 50 species of Ephedra.
It is the most widely cultivated species of a monogeneric family; the Moringaceae is native to the sub-Himalayan tracts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
This monogeneric family (Corethrellidae, Diptera) is an ancient group of small eavesdropping flies (oldest fossils are 122 million years old), which includes over 100 described species (Borkent 2008; Borkent & Grafe 2012).
Kramer (1990) and Palmer (2003) recognized Nephrolepis in its own monogeneric family, Nephrolepidaceae.
Although some authors have considered Abronieae to be monogeneric (Bittrich and Kuhn, 1993), most authors have maintained two genera, Tripterocalyx and Abronia (Galloway, 1975; Spellenberg, 2003).