American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth: deciduous antlers; deciduous leaves; deciduous teeth.
- adj. Shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season: deciduous trees.
- adj. Not lasting; ephemeral.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Falling or liable to fall, especially after a definite period of time; not perennial or permanent.
- Specifically— In botany: Falling off at maturity or at the end of the season, as petals, leaves, fruit, etc.: in distinction from fugacious or caducous organs, which fall soon after their appearance, and from persistent or permanent, or, as applied to leaves, from evergreen. Losing the foliage every year: as, deciduous trees.
- In zoology: Falling off at a certain stage of an animal's existence, as the hair, horns, and teeth of certain animals. Losing certain parts regularly and periodically, or at certain stages or ages: as, a deciduous insect.
- adj. biology Describing a part that falls off, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development.
- adj. botany Of or pertaining to trees which lose their leaves in winter or the dry season.
- adj. transitory, ephemeral, not lasting
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Biol.) Falling off, or subject to fall or be shed, at a certain season, or a certain stage or interval of growth, as leaves (except of evergreens) in autumn, or as parts of animals, such as hair, teeth, antlers, etc.; also, shedding leaves or parts at certain seasons, stages, or intervals
- adj. (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
- adj. (of teeth, antlers, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth
- From Latin dēciduus ("falling down or off"), from dēcidō ("fall down") (Wiktionary)
- From Latin dēciduus, from dēcidere, to fall off : dē-, de- + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This endemic plant is located in deciduous woodlands in the eastern area.”
“Marmosa is very well adapted to dry habitats, and is mainly found in deciduous forest.”
“Because they shed their leaves every autumn and are furnished with a new set in the spring: 'deciduous' is Latin for 'falling off.”
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“The spiny thicket or "spiny desert" of southern Madagascar, also referred to as deciduous thicket, is a globally distinctive ecoregion.”
“The vegetation is characterized as deciduous or semi-deciduous due to seasonal drought and can be considered a homogeneous arboreal mass that is quite dense.”
“Those of the first set appear in childhood, and are called the deciduous or milk teeth.”
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“It is surrounded on all sides with an assemblage of every kind of deciduous plants.”
“On either side are lofty mountains, their peaks wrapped in snow, their sides clothed with pine, and their feet covered with forests, in which is to be found almost every kind of deciduous tree.”
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