• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Septicidal (Bot) Dividing the partitions; -- said of a method of dehiscence in which a pod splits through the partitions and is divided into its component carpels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • septicidal Dividing at the septa or partitions: in botany, noting a mode of dehiscence in which the pericarp or fruit is resolved into its component carpels by splitting asunder through the dissepiments. See dehiscence, 2, and compare loculicidal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Septicidal sep-ti-sī′dal dividing the partitions, as when fruit splits asunder—also Sep′ticide
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Septum, + L. caedere, to cut: cf. F. septicide,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sæptum, a fence, cædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

The capsules of Rue, Spurge, and some others, are both loculicidal and septicidal, and so split into half-carpellary valves or pieces.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Calyx 5-cleft, free from the 2-celled ovary, which becomes a septicidal capsule.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The fruit is a capsule splitting along the septa (septicidal) (fig.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various