cir·​cum·​scis·​sile ˌsər-kəm-ˈsi-səl How to pronounce circumscissile (audio)
: dehiscing by fissure around the capsule of the fruit

Word History


Latin circumscissus, past participle of circumscindere to tear around, from circum- + scindere to cut, split — more at shed entry 1

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of circumscissile was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Circumscissile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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