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deciduous

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adjective de·cid·u·ous \di-ˈsi-jə-wəs, -jü-əs\

Simple Definition of deciduous

  • of a tree, bush, etc. : having leaves that fall off every year

Full Definition of deciduous

  1. 1 :  falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle <deciduous leaves> <deciduous scales>

  2. 2 a :  having deciduous parts <maples, birches, and other deciduous trees> b :  having the dominant plants deciduous <a deciduous forest>

  3. 3 :  ephemeral

de·cid·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of deciduous

  1. the bare branches of a deciduous tree in winter

  2. <he chose not to fret about the deciduous discomforts of his existence>



Origin of deciduous

Latin deciduus, from decidere to fall off, from de- + cadere to fall — more at chance


First Known Use: 1688


DECIDUOUS Defined for Kids

deciduous

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adjective de·cid·u·ous \di-ˈsi-jə-wəs\

Definition of deciduous

  1. :  made up of or having a part that falls off at the end of a period of growth and use <deciduous trees>




Medical Dictionary

deciduous

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adjective de·cid·u·ous \di-ˈsij-ə-wəs\

Medical Definition of deciduous

  1. 1:  falling off or shed at a certain stage in the life cycle

  2. 2:  having deciduous parts <a deciduous dentition>





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