[kuh-doo-kuh s, -dyoo-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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caducous in Science



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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