Definition of abscise in English:

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Pronunciation: /abˈsīz/


[with object]
1Cut off or away.
1.1 [no object] Botany Separate by abscission; fall off.
Example sentences
  • For example, petals may wilt and abscise more rapidly after pollen deposition on the stigma or pollen tube growth through the style.
  • The last bract on the spikelet axis has been removed from around the terminal flower, which has an aborted carpel with a two-branched stigma and the filaments of the two stamens, the anthers having abscised.
  • In several species the flowers never close, as the petals abscise when the flower is still open.

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Syllabification: ab·scise

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