caducous

[ kuh-doo-kuh s, -dyoo- ]
/ kəˈdu kəs, -ˈdyu- /

adjective

Botany. dropping off very early, as leaves.
Zoology. subject to shedding.
transitory; perishable.

Origin of caducous

1675–85; < Latin cadūcus unsteady, perishable, equivalent to cad(ere) to fall + -ūcus adj. suffix; see -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for caducous

caducous

/ (kəˈdjuːkəs) /

adjective

biology (of parts of a plant or animal) shed during the life of the organism

Word Origin for caducous

C17: from Latin cadūcus falling, from cadere to fall
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Science definitions for caducous

caducous

[ kə-dōōkəs ]

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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