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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dehisceverb

    burst or split open

    "flowers dehisce when they release pollen"


  1. dehisceverb

    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.

  2. dehisceverb

    To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.

  3. Etymology: From de- + hiscere to split, from hiare to be open, related to hiatus


  1. dehisce

    Dehiscence is the splitting of a mature plant structure along a built-in line of weakness to release its contents. This is common among fruits, anthers and sporangia. Sometimes this involves the complete detachment of a part; structures that open in this way are said to be dehiscent. Structures that do not open in this way are called indehiscent, and rely on other mechanisms such as decay or predation to release the contents. A similar process to dehiscence occurs in some flower buds (e.g., Platycodon, Fuchsia), but this is rarely referred to as dehiscence unless circumscissile dehiscence is involved; anthesis is the usual term for the opening of flowers. Dehiscence may or may not involve the loss of a structure through the process of abscission. The lost structures are said to be caducous.


  1. dehisce

    Dehisce is a term used mainly in botany that refers to the spontaneous opening, at maturity, of a plant structure such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. This action generally aids in the dispersal of seeds or spores.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dehisceverb

    to gape; to open by dehiscence

  2. Etymology: [L. dehiscere; de- + hiscere to gape.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dehisce

    dē-his′, v.i. to gape, to open as the capsules of a plant.—n. Dehis′cence.—adj. Dehis′cent. [L. dehiscens, pr.p. of dehiscĕrede, inten., and hiscĕre, to gape.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dehisce in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dehisce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • déhiscerFrench
  • растрескиваться, раскрыватьсяRussian

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