a plant of one of the two major groups of flowering plants (Angiosperms), characterised by a seed with a single seed-leaf (cotyledon), flower parts arranged in threes, and leaves with parallel veins; for example, grasses, lilies, palms
A subclass of the flowering plants ( Angiosperms). Named for having only one seed leaf ( cotyledon) they tend to have narrow leaves, parallel veins in the leaves, flower parts usually in multiples of three, a scattered arrangement of primary vascular bundles in the stem, and fibrous root systems. Also known as Monocot. Common North Country monocots include the grasses and sedges, and the Blue Flag Iris ( Iris versicolor). See Dicotyledon.