from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Splitting or opening along a circumference, with the top coming off as a lid: a circumscissile seed capsule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Describing any seed-vessel that splits along a circumference, with the upper part coming off as a lid
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dehiscing or opening by a transverse fissure extending around (a capsule or pod). See Illust. of pyxidium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, opening or divided by a transverse circular line: applied to a mode of dehiscence in some fruits, as in the pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), henbane, and monkeypot, the fruit in such cases being called a pyxidium.
circum- + Latin scissilis, easily split, splitting; see scissile.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)