Definition of monoxylous in English:


Pronunciation /məˈnɒksɪləs/


  • Working with a single trunk or piece of timber; made out of a single trunk or piece of timber.

    Used with reference to canoes and boats and to a style of coffin found in some prehistoric burials in the British Isles.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Daniel Wilson (1816–1892), anthropologist and university administrator. From classical Latin monoxylus (Pliny) or its etymon ancient Greek μονόξυλος made from a solid trunk or piece of wood (usually applied to boats; from μονο- + ξύλον see xylo-) + -ous, after monoxylon, monoxyle.