caducous

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

adjective

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

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Origin of caducous

First recorded in 1675–85; from Latin cadūcus “unsteady, perishable,” equivalent to cad(ere) “to fall” + -ūcus adjective 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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Scientific 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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