Meaning of monotropaceous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˌtrəˈpeɪʃəs/


rare Botany
  • Of or relating to the family Monotropaceae of saprophytic (mycotrophic) plants, of which Monotropa is the type genus.

    The family Monotropaceae is now regarded by most botanists as a subfamily (Monotropoideae) of the family Ericaceae.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Monotropaceae, family name + -ous.