shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs.
falling off or shed at a particular season, stage of growth, etc., as leaves, horns, or teeth.
- de·cid·u·ous·ly, adverb
- de·cid·u·ous·ness, noun
- non·de·cid·u·ous, adjective
- non·de·cid·u·ous·ly, adverb
- non·de·cid·u·ous·ness, noun
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How to use deciduous in a sentence
This sweet spot happens in September, just before the deciduous trees start flaming all-out crimson.
The Trace slices through eastern deciduous forests, cave-rich limestone landscapes, and, farther south, bayous and cypress swamps alongside slow-moving rivers.
Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the rainforest region of the peninsula is filled with deciduous old-growth, moss-laden forests that sparkle amidst the infamous drizzle of the Pacific Northwest.The Military’s ‘Garbage Disposal’ Jets Are Ruining One of America’s Quietest Parks | Daniel Modlin | June 7, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Winter is the optimum time to prune most deciduous woody plants, when they are dormant and their branch architecture is most evident.It’s tree-pruning season. Here’s how to do it without resorting to ‘crape murder.’ | Adrian Higgins | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
It is the deciduous, woody plants that give a place its sense of seasonality and vitality.Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more. | Adrian Higgins | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
However, they were not seen to venture far into the surrounding deciduous forest.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
Hardwood trees shed their leaves annually, and they are called deciduous trees.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
This is known as the "deciduous" habit, and such trees are called deciduous trees, in distinction from "evergreen" trees.
It will grow and has been found on almost any deciduous tree, preferring those with soft bark, and growing very seldom on the Oak.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
At any rate, it is the only deciduous tree I know of that does not let go the old seed till the new is well on the way.A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for deciduous
- deciduously, adverb
- deciduousness, noun
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Scientific definitions for deciduous
Shedding leaves at the end of a growing season and regrowing them at the beginning of the next growing season. Most deciduous plants bear flowers and have woody stems and broad rather than needlelike leaves. Maples, oaks, elms, and aspens are deciduous. Compare evergreen. See more at abscission.
Falling off or shed at a particular season or stage of growth, as antlers.
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