Definition of monoecious in English:


Line breaks: mon|oe¦cious
Pronunciation: /məˈniːʃəs


  • (Of a plant or invertebrate animal) having both the male and female reproductive organs in the same individual; hermaphrodite. Compare with dioecious.
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    • This monoecious species has male flowers occurring in catkins and female flowers occurring in clusters.
    • Now monoecious trees occur in the endangered species list more than you would expect by chance.
    • A single quantitative trait was described by the genetic model for a population of diploid, monoecious individuals, with an initial population mean of 100.



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  • Bertin showed that both dichogamy and monoecy are present with equal frequency in self-compatible and self-incompatible plants.
  • Groups in which dioecy evolved from monoecy consist of monoecious and dioecious species, while groups in which dioecy derived from gynodioecy are composed of gynodioecious and dioecious species.
  • Sagittaria latifolia consists of various populations ranging from monoecy to complete dioecy.


mid 18th century: from modern Latin Monoecia (denoting a class of such plants in Linnaeus's system), from Greek monos 'single' + oikos 'house'.

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