ca·​du·​cous kə-ˈdü-kəs How to pronounce caducous (audio)
: falling off easily or before the usual time
used especially of floral organs

Word History


Latin cadūcus "on the verge of collapsing, ready to fall (of fruit), transitory" (from cadere "to fall" + -ūcus "performing the action [of the verb specified]") + -ous — more at chance entry 1

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caducous was in 1775

Dictionary Entries Near caducous

Cite this Entry

“Caducous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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