[sep-tif-ruh-guh l]

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.

Related formssep·tif·ra·gal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of septifragal

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

British Dictionary definitions for septifragal



(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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