- to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape.
Origin of dehisce
1650–60; < Latin dēhiscere to gape, part, equivalent to dē- de- + hiscere to gape, yawn (hi(āre) to yawn + -scere inchoative suffix)
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Examples from the Web for dehisce
Tendrils semi-continuous to semi-intermittent, bifid, dehisce early.The Grapes of New York
U. P. Hedrick
The name capsule is applied generally to all dry syncarpous fruits, which dehisce by valves.
When mature they dehisce by a small opening, and when broken open will disclose the olive or greenish-yellow capillitium.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- (intr) (of fruits, anthers, etc) to burst open spontaneously, releasing seeds, pollen, etc
C17: from Latin dēhiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to yawn, gape
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- To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
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- The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. Compare indehiscence.
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