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Etymology edit

From Latin dēciduus (falling down or off), from dēcidō (fall down).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈsɪd͡ʒ.ʊ.əs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈsɪd͡ʒ.u.əs/
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deciduous (not comparable)

  1. (biology, anatomy) Describing a part that falls off, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development.
    Antonyms: persistent, permanent
  2. (botany) Of or pertaining to trees which lose their leaves in winter or the dry season.
    Antonyms: evergreen, sempervirent
    Synonym: perdifoil. Compare caducous.
    a deciduous tree
  3. Transitory, ephemeral, not lasting.

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