[sur-kuh m-sis-il]

adjective Botany.

opening along a transverse circular line, as a seed vessel.

Origin of circumscissile

First recorded in 1825–35; circum- + scissile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for circumscissile



(of the dry dehiscent fruits of certain plants) opening completely by a transverse split

Word Origin for circumscissile

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