absciss

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin abscissa, feminine of abscissus, perfect passive participle of abscindō (cut asunder).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

absciss (plural abscisses)

  1. Alternative form of abscissa[First attested in the late 17th century.][1]

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from abscission.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: "UK"

Verb[edit]

absciss (third-person singular simple present abscisses, present participle abscissing, simple past and past participle abscissed)

  1. (transitive) To cut off by abscission. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
  2. (intransitive) To separate (as a leaf from a twig) by abscission. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8