cladoptosis

noun
clad·op·to·sis | \ˌklaˌdäpˈtōsə̇s\
plural cladoptoses\-ōˌsēz \

Definition of cladoptosis 

: an annual dropping of twigs or branches instead of leaves in plants of various genera (as Thuja and Taxodium)

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History and Etymology for cladoptosis

New Latin, from clad- + ptosis

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