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Word of the Day 10/19/20 Caducous

Caducous (adjective)
caducous [ kuh-doo-kuhs, -dyoo- ]


adjective
1. Botany. dropping off very early, as leaves.
2. Zoology. subject to shedding.
3. transitory; perishable.

Origin: First recorded in 1675–85; from Latin cadūcus “unsteady, perishable,” equivalent to cad(ere) “to fall” + -ūcus adjective suffix (see -ous)

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR CADUCOUS
Leaves alternate, compound, digitate, caducous; leaflets 5–7 with long common petiole.
THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES|T. H. PARDO DE TAVERA

Stipules between the opposite and compound leaves (but they are caducous).
THE MANUAL OF THE BOTANY OF THE NORTHERN UNITED STATES|ASA GRAY

Caducous, dropping off very early, compared with other parts; as the calyx in the Poppy, falling when the flower opens.
THE ELEMENTS OF BOTANY|ASA GRAY

Caducous, ka-dū′kus, adj. falling early, as leaves or flowers.
CHAMBERS'S TWENTIETH CENTURY DICTIONARY (PART 1 OF 4: A-D)|VARIOUS

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