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n. pl. an·the·ses (-sēz)
The period during which a flower is fully open and functional.

[Greek anthēsis, flowering, from anthein, to bloom, from anthos, flower.]


(Botany) the time when a flower becomes sexually functional
[C19: via New Latin from Greek: full bloom, from anthein to bloom, from anthos flower]


(ænˈθi sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
the period of blooming in flowers, esp. the maturing of the stamens.
[1825–35; < New Latin < Greek ánthēsis bloom =anthē-, variant s. of antheîn to bloom + -sis -sis]


full bloom of a flower.
See also: Flowers
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anthesis - the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossomsanthesis - the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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On 11-12 April 1997, during the period of maximum anthesis, all stems with flowers present were tagged.
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The potential yield was used for model calibration and the crop parameters such as sum of temperature from emergence to anthesis (T1), sum of temperature from anthesis to maturity(T2), specific leaf area (SLA), maximum relative increase in LAI (RGRLAI), maximum CO2 assimilation rate (Amax), light use efficiency (EFF) were calibrated [27,21].
The xylem of anthesis flower parts and pedicels consists exclusively of tracheary elements with helical bands, and rarely, with annular bands.
In many plants the flowers have a relatively constant position or direction at the time of anthesis.