from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Botany To open at definite places, discharging seeds, pollen, or other contents, as the ripe capsules or pods of some plants.
- intransitive v. Medicine To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
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- v. To burst or split open at definite places, discharging seeds, or pollen, or other contents, as the ripe pods of some plants.
- v. To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To gape; to open by dehiscence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gape; specifically, in botany, to open, as the capsules of plants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. burst or split open
A major concern had been that the sutured tissue would break down, or dehisce.
The anther must dehisce (burst open) before pollen grains can be released.
Koa pods are slow to dehisce and about 15 cm long and 25 to 4 cm wide.
Bundles of unthreshed grains or pulses can be treated with smoke, but care must be taken that they do not dehisce while in storage.
At this time the pods are ready to dehisce, or pop open to distribute the seeds.
Pods of some crops such as peas, do not easily dehisce, but others, such as arugola, do so at the slightest touch, throwing seeds quite a distance (Figure 14.3).
Koa pods are slow to dehisce and about 15 cm long and 2.5 to 4 cm wide.
Insect larvae of many species typically destroy a large proportion of the mature seeds before they dehisce.
Ripe pods dehisce along a single margin, and the mature, black, hard-coated seeds
Anthers will then dehisce one at a time over 3-4 d., while the style elongates and the stigma becomes receptive.