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Definition of "deciduous" [de•cid•u•ous]

  • Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth: deciduous antlers; deciduous leaves; deciduous teeth. (adjective)
  • Shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season: deciduous trees. (adjective)
  • Not lasting; ephemeral. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deciduous" in a sentence
  • "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.'"