• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Circumscissile (Bot) Dehiscing or opening by a transverse fissure extending around (a capsule or pod). See Illust. of Pyxidium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circumscissile In botany, opening or divided by a transverse circular line: applied to a mode of dehiscence in some fruits, as in the pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), henbane, and monkeypot, the fruit in such cases being called a pyxidium.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. circum-, + scissle,


In literature:

Circumscissile, breaking at or near the middle on equatorial line.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Sporangia more or less depressed, roundish or more commonly polygonal and irregular, dehiscent in a circumscissile manner.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Nothing similar appears in the gray specimens of the present form, although the dehiscence is quite as certainly circumscissile.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Fruit a circumscissile 2-celled capsule, with one or more peltate seeds in each cell, or an achene.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray