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 (mŏn′ə-kŏt′l-ēd′n) or mon·o·cot (mŏn′ə-kŏt′)
Any of various flowering plants, such as grasses, lilies, and palms, having a single cotyledon in the seed, and usually a combination of other characteristics, typically leaves with parallel veins, a lack of secondary growth, and flower parts in multiples of three.

mon′o·cot′y·le′don·ous adj.
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(ˈmɒn əˌkɒt)

also mon`o•cot′yl,

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Noun1.monocot - a monocotyledonous flowering plantmonocot - a monocotyledonous flowering plant; the stem grows by deposits on its inside
angiosperm, flowering plant - plants having seeds in a closed ovary
class Liliopsida, class Monocotyledonae, class Monocotyledones, Liliopsida, Monocotyledonae, Monocotyledones - comprising seed plants that produce an embryo with a single cotyledon and parallel-veined leaves: includes grasses and lilies and palms and orchids; divided into four subclasses or superorders: Alismatidae; Arecidae; Commelinidae; and Liliidae
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Therefore, most monocotyledonous plant species being unresponsive to Agrobacterium-mediated transformation have been subjected to direct gene transfer techniques in monocots species.
After introductory material (including a glossary), they provide an artificial key to families, then descriptive flora of lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, nymphaeles, piperales, laurales, ceratophyllales, eudicots, and monocots. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
Keywords Arecaceae * Branching * Commelinid monocots * Monocotyledons * Palmae * Palm phylogeny * Vegetative anatomy * Vegetative propagation
The transferability of polymorphic microsatellite markers in plants is likely to be successful, mainly within genera (success rate close to 60% in eudicots and close to 40% in the monocots).
This improbable nutrient acquisition strategy is deployed by 19 genera from five orders and 12 families--with representatives among both the monocots and dicots, those with both radiate and bilabiate corollas, as well as annuals, perennials, epiphytes and suffruticose life forms.
These species include five monocots (foxtail millet, maize, sorghum, Brachypodium, and rice) and ten dicots (Arabidopsis, sweet orange, Chinese cabbage, poplar, cotton, soybean, Medicago, tomato, Grandis, and grape).
In other studies that considered monocots and dicots in the Caatinga Biome, some of the families were similar to those listed in the present study, but the Malvaceae plants were surpassed by Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Asteraceae, Amaranthaceae, Lamiaceae, Fabacea and Rubiaceae representatives (ANDRADE et al., 2009; SIZENANDO FILHO et al., 2007; MARACAJA; BENEVIDES, 2006).
Furthermore, they are broadly disseminated viruses infecting both monocots (e.g.
Monocots like coconut and other palm trees can survive earth-balling, but not dicots like narra trees.
Among plants B-chromosomes are mostly distributed in monocots. The family Liliaceae is prominent for having a large number of species with B-chromosomes (Aquaro et al.