mo·noe·cious also mo·ne·cious (mə-nēshəs)
1. Botany Having unisexual reproductive organs or flowers, with the organs or flowers of both sexes borne on a single plant, as in pines and corn (maize).
2. Biology Relating to or exhibiting hermaphroditism; hermaphroditic.
[New Latin Monoecia, class name : MONO- + Greek oikiā, dwelling; see weik-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
mo·noecism (mə-nēsĭz′əm) n.
mo·noecy (-sē) n.
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