• WordNet 3.6
    • v dehisce burst or split open "flowers dehisce when they release pollen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Dehisce To gape; to open by dehiscence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dehisce To gape; specifically, in botany, to open, as the capsules of plants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dehisce dē-his′ to gape, to open as the capsules of a plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dehiscere,; de-, + hiscere, to gape
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dehiscens, pr.p. of dehiscĕrede, inten., and hiscĕre, to gape.


In literature:

For the second time, a spontaneous dehiscence seems called for.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
The fruit has loculicidal dehiscence.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
This isolated example thus appears to approach the Bryales in its mode of dehiscence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Dehiscing by irregular fracture.
"Synopsis of Some Genera of the Large Pyrenomycetes" by C. G. Lloyd
Apparently the high humidity hinders the dehiscence of anthers and shedding of the pollen grains.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Dehiscence: the splitting of the pupal integument in the emergence of the adult in Lepidoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The first group, the Lariciones, contains species with large ray-pits, cones dehiscent at maturity, and uninodal spring-shoots.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
Anthers erect, with short filaments, two-celled; dehiscent longitudinally.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
From the young to the matured dehiscing plant.
"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

In news:

Bilateral posterior semicircular canal dehiscence in the setting of Hallermann-Streiff syndrome.