[ ab-sahyz ]
/ æbˈsaɪz /
verb (used without object), ab·scised, ab·scis·ing. Botany.
to separate by abscission, as a leaf from a stem.
Origin of abscise
1605–15; < Latin abscīsus cut off (past participle of abscīdere), equivalent to abs- abs- + -cīdere, combining form of caedere to cut
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for abscise
/ (æbˈsaɪz) /
to separate or be separated by abscission
Word Origin for abscise
C17: from Latin abscisus, from abscīdere to cut off
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012