• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dehiscent (of e.g. fruits and anthers) opening spontaneously at maturity to release seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dehiscent Characterized by dehiscence; opening in some definite way, as the capsule of a plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dehiscent Opening, as the capsule of a plant.
    • dehiscent In entomology, divergent at the tips, as if tending to split apart: said especially of the elytra when they are separated at the apices.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dehiscens, -entis, p. pr. Cf. F. déhiscent,


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.