Definition of Deciduous

1. Adjective. (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season.

Category relationships: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Similar to: Broad-leafed, Broad-leaved, Broadleaf
Antonyms: Evergreen

2. Adjective. (of teeth, antlers, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth. "Deciduous teeth"
Similar to: Caducous, Shed

Definition of Deciduous

1. a. 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.

Definition of Deciduous

1. Adjective. (biology) Describing a part that falls off, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development. ¹

2. Adjective. (botany) Of or pertaining to trees which lose their leaves in winter or the dry season. ¹

3. Adjective. transitory, ephemeral, not lasting ¹

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Definition of Deciduous

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Deciduous

1. Refers to a plant (usually a tree or shrub) that sheds its leaves at the end of the growing season (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deciduous

decidual cast
decidual cell
decidual fissure
decidual reaction
deciduate placenta
deciduous (current term)
deciduous dentition
deciduous holly
deciduous membrane
deciduous plant
deciduous teeth
deciduous tooth

Literary usage of Deciduous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1838)
"Poten- tilla fruticosa, a deciduous shrub, above 3 ft.; ... a deciduous shrub or very low tree, from 10 ft. to 15ft. high. ..."

2. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1902)
"A deciduous TROPICAL TREE. BY OF COOK. THAT the trees of temperate regions ... Too great confidence in the supposition that the deciduous habit has been ..."

3. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.), Wild Flower Preservation Society of America (1902)
"A deciduous TROPICAL TREE. BY OF COOK. THAT the trees of temperate regions lose their leaves in the winter, while those of the tropics are evergreen, ..."

4. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1905)
"I have been requested by the Horticultural Commissioner to prepare a paper on the subject of the " Widening of Our Fresh deciduous Fruit Markets," and I ..."

5. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"DENTINE AND ENAMEL OF deciduous TEETH. BY FRANK ABBOTT, MD" While engaged in the study of the ... Specimens of deciduous teeth, if prepared in this manner, ..."

6. The Principal forms of the skeleton and of the teeth by Richard Owen (1854)
"The premolars must displace deciduous molars in order to rise into place ; the molars have no ... It "will be observed that the last deciduous molar, d 4, ..."

7. Practical orthodontia by Martin Dewey (1919)
"J\arly loss of deciduous molar has allowed permanent molar to drift forward. Early Loss of the deciduous Teeth The early loss of the deciduous teeth may be ..."

8. The Broad-sclerophyll Vegetation of California: An Ecological Study of the by William Skinner Cooper (1922)
"THE deciduous ELEMENT. Of the 91 species listed on pages 113 to 120 as being included in the broad-sclerophyll communities as dominants, 18 or 19.8 per cent ..."

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