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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Monocarpous (Bot) Bearing fruit but once, and dying after fructification, as beans, maize, mustard, etc.☞ Annual and biennual herbs are monocarpic, so also some plants of longer duration, as the century plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • monocarpous In botany:
    • monocarpous Producing fruit but once in its life: said of annual plants.
    • monocarpous Noting a flower in which the gynœcium forms only a single ovary, whether simple or compound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Monocarpous mon-ō-kärp′us bearing fruit only once, as wheat, and all annual plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mono-, + Gr. fruit: cf. F. monocarpe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. monos, single, karpos, fruit.