caducous

  • 1 Caducous — Ca*du cous, [L. caducus falling, inclined to fall, fr. cadere to fall. See {Cadence}.] (Bot. & Zo[ o]l.) Dropping off or disappearing early, as the calyx of a poppy, or the gills of a tadpole. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 caducous — index ephemeral, transient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 caducous — [kə do͞o′kəs, kə dyo͞okəs] adj. [L caducus, falling < cadere, to fall: see CASE1] Bot. falling off early, as some leaves …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 caducous — adjective Of a part of an organism, disappearing in the normal course of development. The Jubulaceae have a leaf whose lobule, usually transformed into a water sac, is normally very narrowly attached to the stem and to the dorsal lobe; indeed… …

    Wiktionary

  • 5 caducous — adjective Etymology: Latin caducus tending to fall, transitory, from cadere to fall more at chance Date: 1808 falling off easily or before the usual time used especially of floral organs …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 6 caducous — См. caduco …

    Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • 7 caducous — readily shed, deciduous, e.g. scales in Clupea which are easily detached …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 8 caducous — adj. [L. caducus, falling] Naturally detached or shed; having the tendency to fall off early or before maturity …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 9 caducous — /keuh dooh keuhs, dyooh /, adj. 1. Bot. dropping off very early, as leaves. 2. Zool. subject to shedding. 3. transitory; perishable. [1675 85; < L caducus unsteady, perishable, equiv. to cad(ere) to fall + ucus adj. suffix; see OUS] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 10 caducous — ca·du·cous (kə dooґkəs) [L. cadere to fall] falling off; deciduous …

    Medical dictionary

  • 11 caducous — adj. falling off at an early stage of development (Biology) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 caducous — [kə dju:kəs] adjective chiefly Botany (of an organ or part) easily detached and shed at an early stage. Origin C17 (in the sense epileptic ): from L. caducus liable to fall (from cadere to fall ) + ous …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 caducous — a. 1. Tending to decay, decaying, declining, decadent, dropping, falling. 2. (Bot. and Zool.) Dropping off early, deciduous, non persistent, temporary, transient …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 caducous —   Deciduous at an early stage or prematurely.   Cf. persistent …

    Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • 15 caducous — ca·du·cous …

    English syllables

  • 16 caducous — ca•du•cous [[t]kəˈdu kəs, ˈdyu [/t]] adj. 1) bot Bot. dropping off very early, as leaves 2) zool. Zool. subject to shedding • Etymology: 1675–85; < L cadūcus unsteady, perishable =cad(ere) to fall + ūcus adj. suffix; see ous …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 caducous — /kəˈdjukəs/ (say kuh dyoohkuhs) adjective 1. Botany a. tending to fall. b. deciduous; dropping off very early, as leaves. 2. Zoology subject to shedding. 3. transitory. {Latin cadūcus falling} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 caducous —   a. of short duration; Botany, dying when function is completed; deciduous.    ♦ caducity, n …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 19 caducous — adj. Biol. (of organs and parts) easily detached or shed at an early stage. Derivatives: caducity n. Etymology: L caducus falling f. cadere fall …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 caducous muscle — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In exo and endopterygotes, larval muscles that may persist for a short time in the adult and may play an important role until destroyed …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology