Definition of deciduous
1 biology : falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle deciduous leaves deciduous scales
2 biology a : having deciduous parts maples, birches, and other deciduous trees deciduous dentitionb : having the dominant plants deciduous a deciduous forest
3 : ephemeral There is much that is deciduous in books … — J. R. Lowell
Examples of deciduous in a Sentence
the bare branches of a deciduous tree in winter
he chose not to fret about the deciduous discomforts of his existence
Recent Examples of deciduous from the Web
Desert cities like Las Vegas and Tucson, Arizona, for instance, have a tougher time increasing their tree canopies because there is little rain to support broad-leafed deciduous trees such as oaks or maples.
At the opposite end of spring's floral awakening lingers the rot of deciduous fall: the putrescence of stranded, spent salmon; the sweet stench of walrus or whale melting on Nome's driftwood beaches.
People who live in this zone should remove all conifers or replace them with deciduous trees, which are less flammable, McAdams said.
Most of the broad-leaf species – deciduous trees – are following moisture moving westward.
So, when pruning is needed, paniculata hydrangeas are pruned back in late winter or early spring when these deciduous shrubs are leafless.
Wood ferns (deciduous, so bare five months of the year).
The woods are the dense, deciduous, swampy kind, the kind in which rotting leaves mingle with the earth and the ground gives soft way beneath the boy’s feet.
Water and fertilize plums, apples and other deciduous fruit trees whose fruits are developing now.
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DECIDUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deciduous for English Language Learners
of a tree, bush, etc. : having leaves that fall off every year
DECIDUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of deciduous for Students
: made up of or having a part that falls off at the end of a period of growth and use deciduous trees
Medical Definition of deciduous
1: falling off or shed at a certain stage in the life cycle
2: having deciduous parts a deciduous dentition
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