intransitive verb (dehisced; dehiscing) Etymology: Latin dehiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to gape; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn Date: 1657 to split along a natural line; also to discharge contents by so splitting <
seedpods dehiscing at maturity

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Dehisce — De*hisce , v. i. [L. dehiscere; de + hiscere to gape.] To gape; to open by dehiscence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dehisce — ► VERB technical ▪ gape or burst open. DERIVATIVES dehiscence noun dehiscent adjective. ORIGIN Latin dehiscere, from hiscere begin to gape …   English terms dictionary

  • dehisce — [dē his′] vi. dehisced, dehiscing [L dehiscere < de , off + hiscere, to gape, inchoative of hiare: see HIATUS] to split open along definite structural lines, as the seedpods of legumes, lilies, etc …   English World dictionary

  • dehisce — verb /dɪˈhɪs/ a) To burst or split open at definite places, discharging seeds, or pollen, or other contents, as the ripe pods of some plants. Anthers dehisce when the flower opens. b) To …   Wiktionary

  • dehisce — /di his /, v.i., dehisced, dehiscing. to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape. [1650 60; < L dehiscere to gape, part, equiv. to de DE + hiscere to gape, yawn (hi(are) to yawn + scere inchoative suffix)] * * * …   Universalium

  • dehisce — de·hisce di his vi, de·hisced; de·hisc·ing to undergo dehiscence …   Medical dictionary

  • dehisce — v. burst or split open; gape …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dehisce — [dɪ hɪs] verb technical (of a pod or seed vessel, or of a cut or wound) gape or burst open. Derivatives dehiscence noun dehiscent adjective Origin C17: from L. dehiscere, from de away + hiscere begin to gape …   English new terms dictionary

  • dehisce — v. n. Open, gape, gape open, yawn …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • dehisce — de·hisce …   English syllables

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