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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Dehiscing by splitting along or through the septa. Used of a seed capsule.

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  • adj. Dividing the partitions; said of a method of dehiscence in which a pod splits through the partitions and is divided into its component carpels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dividing the partitions; -- said of a method of dehiscence in which a pod splits through the partitions and is divided into its component carpels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dividing at the septa or partitions: in botany, noting a mode of dehiscence in which the pericarp or fruit is resolved into its component carpels by splitting asunder through the dissepiments. See dehiscence, 2, and compare loculicidal.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

sept(um) + Latin -cīdere, to cut (from caedere; see caesura) + -al1.

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septum + Latin caedere to cut: compare French septicide.

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