Caducous



Botany. dropping off very early, as leaves.
Zoology. subject to shedding.
transitory; perishable.
Historical Examples

The Hunters’ Feast Mayne Reid
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States Asa Gray
The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States Asa Gray
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States Asa Gray

adjective
(biology) (of parts of a plant or animal) shed during the life of the organism
caducous
(kə-d’kəs)
Detaching or dropping off at an early stage of development. The gills of most amphibians and the sepals or stipules of certain plants are caducous.

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