American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Botany Dehiscing by the breaking away of the valves from its partitions. Used of a seed capsule.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, literally, breaking from the partitions: noting a mode of dehiscence in which the backs of the carpels separate from the dissepiments, whether formed by their sides or by expansions of the placenta. See dehiscence, 2, and compare septicidal and loculicidal.
- adj. botany Breaking from the partitions; said of a method of dehiscence in which the valves of a pod break away from the partitions, while these remain attached to the common axis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Breaking from the partitions; -- said of a method of dehiscence in which the valves of a pod break away from the partitions, and these remain attached to the common axis.
- septum + Latin frangere, fractum, to break. (Wiktionary)
- sept(um) + Latin frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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