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anthesis

[ an-thee-sis ]
/ ænˈθi sɪs /
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noun, plural an·the·ses [an-thee-seez]. /ænˈθi siz/. Botany.

the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for anthesis

anthesis
/ (ænˈθiːsɪs) /

noun

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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Scientific definitions for anthesis

anthesis
[ ăn-thēsĭs ]

The period during which a flower is fully open and functional. Also called efflorescence
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