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How can be a monomial be a polynomial?

Since a Polynomial means "consisting of several terms", but a monomial contains a "single term", how was it considered a polynomial?
It was said that even 1 is a polynomial, because only one term is allowed, even a single constant or term, but why did they defined a polynomial "consisting of several terms" or "two or more terms" if a monomial, consisting of "single term" is a type of polynomial according in the number in terms?
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A polynomial is a monomial of the difference or sum of a monomial. Each term in the polynomial is called monomial. 
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Monomial is a type of polynomial. I've mentioned that here before, so iam not posting my answer for 25 points because I am just repeating it:-) By the way, there's also a constant polynomial "c", so f(x) = c is a polynomial function whose graph is horizontal parallel to x-axis. (Louis leithold, College Algebra and Trigonometry, and a book by Glencoe McGraw-Hill, UP and Pholppine Science High School textbooks.).
*and another book published by Glencoe...
My only question is why do dictionaries says that a polynomials are consisting of two or more terms, since monomials are polynomials?
Unfortunately, a regular dictionary does not always provide complete definition for terms used in Math and Science disciplines. (Though It gives us the origin, sometimes the morphemes, etc.) So I quoted an published expounded definition of an expert in that discipline (Leithold, Louis). Have a blessed day :-)
** a published...
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