caducous

adjective
ca·​du·​cous | \ kə-ˈdü-kəs How to pronounce caducous (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Definition of caducous

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

First Known Use of caducous

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caducous

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

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The first known use of caducous was in 1775

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Caducous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caducous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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