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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.
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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
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Tubipora catenularia Linnaeus, 1767; Silurian of Gotland (by monotypy).
Type species: Chiton marginatus Pennant, 1777 (= Chiton cinereus Linnaeus, 1767), by monotypy.
Type Species: Odynerus troglodytes de Saussure, 1855, by original designation and monotypy.
Loligo diomedeae Hoyle, 1904; by monotypy and synonymy with original designation, Loliolopsis chiroctes Berry, 1929.
patagonica as the only species in Hemipodia, and according to article 68.3 (ICZN 1999:71), this is the type species by monotypy. However, de Quatrefages (1866:194) did not introduce the five species in alphabetical order and the first species was H.
Type species.--Necaxacris micans (Hebard, 1932), by monotypy.