adjective Etymology: probably from New Latin *monocarpicus, from mon- + -carpicus -carpic Date: 1849 bearing fruit but once and then dying

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  • Monocarpic — plants are those that flower, set seeds and then die. Other terms with the same meaning are hapaxanth and semelparous. The term was first used by Alphonse de Candolle. The antonym is polycarpic, a plant that flowers and sets seeds many times… …   Wikipedia

  • Monocarpic — Mon o*car pic, Monocarpous Mon o*car pous, a. [Mono + Gr. ? fruit: cf. F. monocarpe.] (Bot.) Bearing fruit but once, and dying after fructification, as beans, maize, mustard, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: Annual and biennual herbs are monocarpic, so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monocarpic — [män΄ō kär′pəsmän΄ōkär′pik] adj. [ MONO + CARPIC] bearing fruit only once, and then dying: said of annuals, biennials, and some long lived plants, as the bamboos and century plants: also monocarpous [män΄ō kär′pəs] …   English World dictionary

  • monocarpic — /mon euh kahr pik/, adj. Bot. producing fruit only once and then dying. [1840 50; MONOCARP + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • monocarpic — adjective (of a plant) That flowers and bears fruit only once before dying …   Wiktionary

  • monocàrpic — mo|no|càr|pic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • monocarpic — adj. bearing fruit and flowering one time and then dying (Botany) mÉ‘nəʊ kÉ‘rpɪk / mÉ’nəʊ kɑːpɪk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • monocarpic — [ˌmɒnə(ʊ) kα:pɪk] adjective Botany (of a plant) flowering only once and then dying. Origin C19: from mono + Gk karpos fruit + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • monocarpic — mono·car·pic …   English syllables

  • monocarpic — mon•o•car•pic [[t]ˌmɒn əˈkɑr pɪk[/t]] also mon o•car′pous adj. bot producing fruit only once and then dying • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

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