(Greek: one, alone, single; a number used as a prefix)
In painting, it may refer to the use of many shades of a single hue.
Nervous Kremlin keeps crumbling "monocities" alive as a safety valve
There are 300 or so cities where a single factory supplies heat, income, and social security. Many of these monocities are hemorrhaging money, leaving leaders with an array of unpalatable choices: To allow such factory towns to die gradually, as they did in the 1990's, to liquidate them, or to save them.
2. A small crustacean with one median eye.
3. An insect with one eye.
The largest monocot family is the Orchidaceae (orchids), with very complex (and striking) flowers, for highly specific insect pollination.
The second largest and perhaps more notable family, the Poaceae or Gramineae (true grasses), have evolved in another direction, becoming highly specialized for wind pollination. Grasses produce small flowers, which may be gathered in highly visible plumes; such as, inflorescences.
2. Having only one eye or with one eye only; such as, "monocular vision".