Origin of deciduous
Examples from the Web for deciduous
Occurs on the inner bark of deciduous trees, especially of oak.The North American Slime-Moulds|Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
The teeth comprise a deciduous and a permanent series, all being rooted, and the latter divisible into the usual four series.
Calyx cylindric-campanulate above the persistent oblong or globose base, the limb valvately 4-cleft, deciduous.
Here and there also large cedars and other deciduous trees have grown up.The Western World|W.H.G. Kingston
The leaves are deciduous, with milky sap and producing stout axillary thorns.Forest Trees of Illinois|Fuller George D.
British Dictionary definitions for deciduous
Word Origin for deciduous
Word Origin and History for deciduous
1680s, from Latin deciduus "that which falls off," from decidere "to fall off," from de- "down" (see de-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Originally with reference to leaves, petals, teeth, etc.; specific sense of "trees whose leaves fall off" (opposed to evergreen) is from 1778.