deciduous [dih-sij-oo-uh s]
1. shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs.
2. falling off or shed at a particular season, stage of growth, etc., as leaves, horns, or teeth.
3. not permanent; transitory.
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Origin: 1650-60; < Latin dēciduus tending to fall, falling, equivalent to dēcid(ere) to fall off, down (dē- de- + -cidere, combining form of cadere to fall) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
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