Caducous meaning

kə-do͝o'kəs, -dyo͝o'-
(botany) Tending to fall early.

Caducous leaves.

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Dropping off or shedding at an early stage of development, as the gills of most amphibians or the sepals or stipules of certain plants.
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Falling off early, as some leaves.
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Dropping off or shedding at an early stage of development, as the gills of most amphibians or the sepals or stipules of certain plants.
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Detaching or dropping off at an early stage of development. The gills of most amphibians and the sepals or stipules of certain plants are caducous.
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(biology) Of a part of an organism, disappearing in the normal course of development.
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Origin of caducous

  • From Latin cadūcus falling from cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin cadūcus (“falling; transitory”).
    From Wiktionary