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[ab-sahyz] /æbˈsaɪz/
verb (used without object), abscised, abscising. Botany
to separate by abscission, as a leaf from a stem.
Origin of abscise
1605-15; < Latin abscīsus cut off (past participle of abscīdere), equivalent to abs- abs- + -cīdere, combining form of caedere to cut Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abscise
  • When mature, the green fruit abscise followed by a skin color change to yellow, flesh softening and aroma development.
  • Otherwise, buds with weevil eggs inside them fall to the ground, or abscise.
  • It is essential to harvest as soon as possible as over-ripe fruit abscise from the peduncle.
  • Fruits abscise from the plant, but normally remain within a protective bladder, that is wind and water dispersed.
  • In some cases, fruit are allowed to abscise and fall, and are then picked up from the ground.
  • Leaves are handsome, glossy dark green in summer and abscise green.
  • The hermaphrodite flowers below the developing fruit usually abscise and leave a callus scar on the stalk.
British Dictionary definitions for abscise


to separate or be separated by abscission
Word Origin
C17: from Latin abscisus, from abscīdere to cut off
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