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[sur-kuh m-sis-il]
adjective Botany.
  1. opening along a transverse circular line, as a seed vessel.
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Origin of circumscissile

First recorded in 1825–35; circum- + scissile
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  1. (of the dry dehiscent fruits of certain plants) opening completely by a transverse split
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Word Origin for circumscissile

C19: from circum- + Latin scissilis capable of splitting, from scindere to split
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