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  • adj. Of or pertaining to dehiscence, i.e., a rupture, as with a surgical wound opening up, often with a flow of serous fluid
  • adj. Which dehisces or presents dehiscence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by dehiscence; opening in some definite way, as the capsule of a plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Opening, as the capsule of a plant.
  • In entomology, divergent at the tips, as if tending to split apart: said especially of the elytra when they are separated at the apices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of e.g. fruits and anthers) opening spontaneously at maturity to release seeds


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From Latin dehiscentem, present participle of dehiscere.


  • All those nearest to it were already jamming the doorway in their rush to get out, and bursting forth like seeds from a dehiscent pod in all directions as the pressure behind expelled them into the night.

    A River So Long

  • The fruit consists of a group of divergent follicles; a dry fruit which is dehiscent along one rupture site in order to release seeds.


  • Capsule A dry dehiscent fruit, composed of two or more united carpels.

    Chapter 9

  • FRUIT: A flat brown, papery, prominently veined dehiscent pod to 10 cm long by 2 cm broad, often slightly constricted between some or all seeds.

    Chapter 7

  • FRUIT: A dehiscent yellowish brown capsule narrowing abruptly at the base.

    Chapter 7

  • Pods are small and turn brown when ripening, dehiscent generally with two shiny black seeds in the vessel.

    Chapter 10

  • The pods are flat with raised margins, narrow at the base, and are elastically dehiscent from the apex.

    Chapter 7

  • Mature pods are strongly dehiscent, throwing their contents up to 25 m from the parent tree and creating problems for seed collection.

    Chapter 3

  • Even the fruit, consisting of the dry dehiscent pod and the seeds contained in it, are a valuable feed source, with moderate CF

    Chapter 2

  • They are carried, 2-14 at a time, in long, flattened or cylindrical, dehiscent pods with deep constrictions between the segments (Allen and Allen, 1981; Coates Palgrave, 1983).

    Chapter 8


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