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cladoptosis

[klad-op-toh-sis, kley-dop-]
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noun Botany.
  1. the annual shedding of twigs or branches instead of leaves, as in certain cypresses.
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Origin of cladoptosis

First recorded in 1880–85; clado- + ptosis
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