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  1. capable of being cut or divided; splitting easily.
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Origin of scissile

1615–25; < Latin scissilis, equivalent to sciss(us) (past participle of scindere to cut) + -ilis -ile
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Examples from the Web for scissile

Historical Examples

  • The gills are also scissile, that is, they can be split, and are linear and swollen in the middle.

    Among the Mushrooms

    Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin

British Dictionary definitions for scissile


  1. capable of being cut or divided
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin scissilis that can be split, from scindere to cut
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