Definition of indehiscent in English:


Pronunciation /ˌindəˈhis(ə)nt/ /ˌɪndəˈhɪs(ə)nt/


  • (of a pod or fruit) not splitting open to release the seeds when ripe.

    ‘It appears that the dehiscent and indehiscent forms do not belong to separate species, rather dehiscence is segregating within populations.’
    • ‘Despite this distribution, dehiscence does not occur in two sets: when the flower opens usually only one or two stamens are fertile, the others being short and indehiscent; these gradually elongate and open.’
    • ‘He observed that only pulpy, but indehiscent, fruits with a juicy, sweet flesh produce ethanol when becoming overripe.’
    • ‘An Achene is a single-seeded dry indehiscent fruit in which the seedcoat is not part of the fruit coat.’
    • ‘Some legume pods, such as carob and mesquite, are indehiscent and do not split open.’