Last Updated: March 29, 2017

Definition - What does Dicot mean?

Dicot, also known as the dicotyledon, is a term used to describe a group of flowering plants that have two seed leaves.

They are one of the two types of flowering plants that belong to angiosperms; dicots being one, the other type being plants that have a single seed leaf (monocots). Dicots also usually have secondary growth that shows up as wood and bark in their stems.

MaximumYield explains Dicot

Although the key characteristic of a dicot plant is that it has two seed leaves, there are other identifying features that differentiate a dicot plant from a monocot plant. For example, dicots have three pores in pollen, have vascular bundles in concentric circles, have a taproot system, and their leaves have reticulate venation. Dicot flowers also usually come in multiples of four or five.

Buttercups, sunflowers, beans, and oaks are some examples of dicot plants.

The word dicot is a combination of two main words: di meaning two, and cotyledon meaning the seed leaves.

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