Origin of septifragalsepti- + base of Classical Latin frangere, to break + -al
Origin of septifragalsept(um) Latin frangere to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- (botany) Breaking from the partitions; said of a method of dehiscence in which the valves of a pod break away from the partitions, while these remain attached to the common axis.
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