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- (transitive) To cut off. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (intransitive, botany) To separate by means of abscission; to shed or drop off. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abscise”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 8.