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septifragal

[sep-tif-ruh-guh l]
adjective Botany.
  1. (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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Related formssep·tif·ra·gal·ly, adverb
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  • Septifragal, where the valves in dehiscence break away from the partitions, 123.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for septifragal

septifragal

adjective
  1. (of a dehiscence) characterized by breaking apart from a natural line of division in the fruit
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Word Origin

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