Meaning of “dicotyledon” in the English Dictionary

"dicotyledon" in British English

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dicotyledonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdaɪ.kɒt.ɪˈliː.dən/ us /ˌdaɪ.kɑː.t̬əlˈiː.dən/ specialized
dicotyledonous
adjective uk /ˌdaɪ.kɒt.ɪˈliː.dən.əs/ us /ˌdaɪ.kɑː.t̬əlˈiː.dən.əs/

Examples from literature

  • As many of the dicotyledons are trees or shrubs that lose their leaves annually, special leaves are developed for the protection of the young leaves during the winter. 
  • Dicotyledons have bark, wood, and pith, and grow by producing a new ring of wood outside the old. 
  • I will describe as examples the reproduction of a moss, a fern, and a dicotyledon. 
  • Nearly all of the dicotyledons may be placed in one of two great divisions distinguished by the character of the petals. 

(Definition of “dicotyledon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)