n. pl.1.(Bot.) A Linnæan class of plants having the stamens united into a tube, or ring, by the filaments, as in the Mallow family.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For many, the nature, design and organisation of such communities was set out in literary form in prospectuses such the anonymous Prospectus for the establishment of a Concordium or an industry harmony college published in 1841 and tracts such as John Thimbleby's Monadelphia, 1830 or the anonymous Community of Icarie, 1847.
By the late summer of 1832, when the Moodies arrived in Cobourg, Charles Fothergill had left Port Hope and moved to present-day Pickering where, near the family of his second wife, he developed plans to establish a new community and model town he named Monadelphia. Like so many of his visionary schemes including the "colony of gentlemen" at Rice Lake, this project faltered, in large part because a fire destroyed the mills in which he had heavily invested.