deoperculate

adjective
de·​operculate | \ ¦dē+ \

Definition of deoperculate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lacking an operculum used of the capsule of a moss or hepatic after the lid has fallen
2 : having an operculum that does not separate from the capsule used of mosses

deoperculate

intransitive verb
de·​oper·​cu·​late | \ ˌdēōˈpərkyəˌlāt \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of deoperculate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shed or cast off the operculum used of mosses and liverworts

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History and Etymology for deoperculate

Adjective

de- + operculate

Intransitive verb

de- + New Latin operculum + English -ate

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“Deoperculate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deoperculate. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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