- to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape.
Origin of dehisce
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Historical Examples of dehisce
Tendrils semi-continuous to semi-intermittent, bifid, dehisce early.The Grapes of New York
U. P. Hedrick
The name capsule is applied generally to all dry syncarpous fruits, which dehisce by valves.
When mature they dehisce by a small opening, and when broken open will disclose the olive or greenish-yellow capillitium.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- (intr) (of fruits, anthers, etc) to burst open spontaneously, releasing seeds, pollen, etc
Word Origin for dehisce
- To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
- The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. Compare indehiscence.