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septifragal

[sep-tif-ruh-guh l] /sɛpˈtɪf rə gəl/
adjective, Botany.
1.
(of a capsule) dehiscing by breaking away from the partitions but remaining attached to the common axis; dehiscing at the valves or backs of the carpels but leaving the septa intact.
Related forms
septifragally, adverb
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  • septifragal, where the valves in dehiscence break away from the partitions, 123.

British Dictionary definitions for septifragal

septifragal

/sɛpˈtɪfrəɡəl/
adjective
1.
(of a dehiscence) characterized by breaking apart from a natural line of division in the fruit
Word Origin
C19: from septi-² + -fragal, from Latin frangere to break
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