adjective Etymology: Latin circumscissus, past participle of circumscindere to tear around, from circum- + scindere to cut, split — more at shed Date: 1835 dehiscing by fissure around the capsule of the fruit

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  • Circumscissile — Cir cum*scis sile, a. [Pref. circum + scissle.] (Bot.) Dehiscing or opening by a transverse fissure extending around (a capsule or pod). See Illust. of {Pyxidium}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circumscissile — [sʉr′kəmsis′il] adj. [ CIRCUM + SCISSILE] Bot. opening or splitting by a transverse fissure around the circumference, leaving an upper and lower half: said of certain seed pods or capsules …   English World dictionary

  • circumscissile — adj. [L. circum, around; scindere, to cut] Splitting along a circular line, as in hatching …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • circumscissile — /serr keuhm sis il/, adj. Bot. opening along a transverse circular line, as a seed vessel. [1825 35; CIRCUM + SCISSILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • circumscissile — adjective Describing any seed vessel that splits along a circumference, with the upper part coming off as a lid …   Wiktionary

  • circumscissile — cir·cum·scissile …   English syllables

  • circumscissile — cir•cum•scis•sile [[t]ˌsɜr kəmˈsɪs ɪl[/t]] adj. bot opening along a transverse circular line, as a seed vessel • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • circumscissile — /sɜkəmˈsɪsaɪl/ (say serkuhm sisuyl) adjective Botany opening along a transverse circular line, as a seed vessel, so that the top comes off as a lid …   Australian English dictionary

  • circumscissile — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ adjective Etymology: Latin circumscissus (past participle of circumscindere to tear or cleave around, from circum + scindere to cleave) + English ile more at shed botany : dehiscing by a transverse fissure around the circumference… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dehiscence (botany) — Dehiscence of the follicular fruit of milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) revealing seeds within. Dehiscence is the opening, at maturity, in a pre defined way, of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents.… …   Wikipedia

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