abscise

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verb ab·scise \ab-ˈsīz\

Definition of abscise

abscised

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abscising

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to separate (something, such as a flower from a stem) by abscission

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to separate by abscission

Origin and Etymology of abscise

Middle English abscisen “to cut away,” borrowed from Latin abscīsus, past participle of abscīdere “to cut off or away, remove,” from abs- (variant of ab- ab- before c- and t-) + caedere “to strike, cut through, fell”; in later use back-formation from abscision, taken as synonym of abscission — more at concise


First Known Use: 1612

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