Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

Etymologies

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From Latin dehiscentem, present participle of dehiscere.

Examples

  • 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.

    VINCA MINOR ALBA FOR ELEGANCE

  • 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

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

    Chapter 9

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

    Chapter 8

  • 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

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