septifragal

[ sep-tif-ruh-guhl ]
/ sɛpˈtɪf rə gəl /

adjective Botany.

(of a capsule) dehiscing by breaking away from the partitions but remaining attached to the common axis; dehiscing at the valves or backs of the carpels but leaving the septa intact.

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OTHER WORDS FROM septifragal

sep·tif·ra·gal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for septifragal

  • Septifragal, where the valves in dehiscence break away from the partitions, 123.

British Dictionary definitions for septifragal

septifragal
/ (sɛpˈtɪfrəɡəl) /

adjective

(of a dehiscence) characterized by breaking apart from a natural line of division in the fruit

Word Origin for septifragal

C19: from septi- ² + -fragal, from Latin frangere to break
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