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abscise

verb ab·scise \ab-ˈsīz\
ab·scisedab·scis·ing

Definition of ABSCISE

transitive verb
:  to separate (as a flower from a stem) by abscission
intransitive verb
:  to separate by abscission

Origin of ABSCISE

Latin abscisus, past participle of abscidere, from abs- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 1612

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