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Meaning of DECIDUOUS

Pronunciation:  di'sijoous

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
  2. [adj]  (of teeth, antlers, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth; "deciduous teeth"

DECIDUOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: broadleaf, broad-leafed, broad-leaved, caducous, shed
 Antonyms: evergreen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*cid"u*ous\ (?; 135), a. [L. deciduus, fr. dec?dere
to fall off; de- + cadere to fall. See {Chance}.] (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; as, deciduous
trees; the deciduous membrane.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Refers to a plant (usually a tree or shrub) that sheds its leaves at the end of the growing season
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