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Definition of dicotyledon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dicotyledon

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌdaɪkɒtɪˈliːdən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaɪkɑːtɪˈliːdən//
 
(also dicot
BrE BrE//ˈdaɪkɒt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪkɑːt//
 
)
(biology)
 
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a plant whose seeds form embryos that produce two leaves compare monocotyledon Word Origin early 18th cent.: from modern Latin dicotyledones (plural), from di- ‘two’ + cotyledon, from Greek kotulēdōn ‘cup-shaped cavity’, from kotulē ‘cup’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dicotyledon