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caducous

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adjective ca·du·cous \kə-ˈdü-kəs, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of caducous

  1. :  falling off easily or before the usual time —used especially of floral organs



Origin of caducous

Latin caducus tending to fall, transitory, from cadere to fall — more at chance


First Known Use: 1808


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