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Meaning of deciduous by Wiktionary Dictionary

deciduous


    Etymology

    From Latin dēciduus ( “falling down or off” ), from dēcidō ( “fall down” )

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈsɪdʒʊəs/
    • ( US ) IPA: /dɪˈsɪd.ju.əs/, /dəˈsɪd.ju.əs/, X-SAMPA: /dI"sId.ju.@s/, /d@"sId.ju.@s/

    Adjective

    deciduous ( not comparable )

    1. ( biology ) Describing a part that falls off, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development .
    2. ( botany ) Of or pertaining to trees which lose their leaves in winter or the dry season .
    3. transitory, ephemeral, not lasting

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    External links

    • Deciduous on Wikipedia .


Explanation of deciduous by Wordnet Dictionary

deciduous


    Adjective
    1. ( of plants and shrubs ) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season

    2. ( of teeth, antlers, etc. ) being shed at the end of a period of growth

    3. deciduous teeth


    Definition of deciduous by GCIDE Dictionary

    deciduous


    1. Deciduous ( ?; 135 ), a. [L. deciduus, fr. decdere to fall off; de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.] ( Biol. ) Falling off, or subject to fall or be shed, at a certain season, or a certain stage or interval of growth, as leaves ( except of evergreens ) in autumn, or as parts of animals, such as hair, teeth, antlers, etc.; also, shedding leaves or parts at certain seasons, stages, or intervals; as, “deciduous trees; the deciduous membrane.”