Deciduous
Deciduous De*cid"u*ous (?; 135), a. [L. deciduus, fr. dec?dere 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • deciduous — (adj.) 1680s, from L. deciduus that which falls off, from decidere to fall off, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + cadere to fall (see CASE (Cf. case) (n.1)). Originally with reference to leaves, petals, teeth, etc.; specific sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • deciduous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a tree or shrub) shedding its leaves annually. Contrasted with EVERGREEN(Cf. ↑evergreen). 2) (of teeth or horns) shed after a time. ORIGIN Latin deciduus, from decidere fall down or off …   English terms dictionary

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  • Deciduous — For other uses, see Deciduous (disambiguation). Deciduous forest in autumn …   Wikipedia

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  • deciduous — 1. Not permanent; denoting that which eventually falls off. 2. (D) (in dental formulas)In dentistry, often used to designate the first or primary dentition. See d. tooth. [L. deciduus, falling off] * * * de·cid·u·ous di sij ə wəs adj 1) falling… …   Medical dictionary

  • deciduous — adj. Deciduous is used with these nouns: ↑forest, ↑shrub, ↑tree, ↑wood …   Collocations dictionary

  • deciduous — de|cid|u|ous [dıˈsıdʒuəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: deciduus, from decidere to fall off ] deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter ≠ ↑evergreen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deciduous — de|cid|u|ous [ dı sıdʒuəs ] adjective deciduous trees lose all their leaves each fall. Trees that keep their leaves all year round are called evergreen …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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