- the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.
Origin of anthesis
1825–35; < New Latin < Greek ánthēsis bloom, equivalent to anthē- (verbid stem of antheîn to bloom) + -sis -sis
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Examples from the Web for anthesis
These glands secrete a viscid juice at the time of anthesis.
Anthesis, anthropocosmic—— Say, I'm glad you didn't call me that!Left Guard Gilbert
Ralph Henry Barbour
Anthesis, the period or the act of the expansion of a flower.The Elements of Botany
Relation of temperature to anthesis and blossom drop of the tomato together with a histological study of the pistils.The Tomato
These swellings help to spread out the branches especially at the time of anthesis.
- the time when a flower becomes sexually functional
C19: via New Latin from Greek: full bloom, from anthein to bloom, from anthos flower
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Word Origin and History for anthesis
"full bloom," 1835, from Greek anthesis, noun of action from antheein "to blossom," from anthos "flower," (see anther).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The period during which a flower is fully open and functional. Also called efflorescence
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