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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
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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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During flowering stage, from the anthesis (flower opening) an average of eight flowers per plant was identified, then, the fruit development was monitoring.
days where the maximum temperature exceeds 33[degrees]C between anthesis and maturity (Barlow et al.
The SP and F treatments had also earlier spike emergence and anthesis stage.
Marked plants were observed to identify the dates in which 50% of the plants were in anthesis (R4) and physiological maturity (R9) (Counce et al.
According to the authors, pollen viability decreased from 6 hours after anthesis, and only a very small percentage of pollen germinated after 1 to 3 days.
In all four crosses dominance gene action was found to be important in the inheritance of both days to anthesis and silking.
The irrigation regimes with no stress treatment received frequent irrigations without any water stress (a total of 6 irrigations were applied), while in water stress treatment, stress was imposed at anthesis by with-holding water for 40 days from initiation of anthesis till start of grain formation.
The highest productivity of inflorescences occurred zero days after anthesis (DAA), shortly after anthesis, resulting in a considerable reduction of the loss of important features of these flowers.
It was all too fierce for my wannabe-Parisienne palette, the anthesis of less is more, it's more 'Kylie on tour' than nonchalant French style.
Also, dense populations of subspecies canjerana in high-montane rainforests of south-eastern Brazil presents male and female plants with similar flowers, and their traits, such as nocturnal anthesis with strong floral sweet odour, suggest moth-pollination.
Decreased growth rate was caused primarily by reduction in radiation use efficiency when drought isat various growth stages such as tillering booting earing anthesis and grain development stages.