from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Botany To open at definite places, discharging seeds, pollen, or other contents, as the ripe capsules or pods of some plants.
- intransitive v. Medicine To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burst or split open at definite places, discharging seeds, or pollen, or other contents, as the ripe pods of some plants.
- v. To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To gape; to open by dehiscence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gape; specifically, in botany, to open, as the capsules of plants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. burst or split open
Latin dehīscere : dē-, de- + hīscere, to split, inchoative of hiāre, to be open.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin de- + hiscere to split, from hiare to be open, related to hiatus (Wiktionary)