Definition of caducous in English:


Syllabification: ca·du·cous
Pronunciation: /kəˈd(y)o͞okəs


chiefly Botany
  • (Of an organ or part) easily detached and shed at an early stage.
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    • He states that the verification of the occurrence of bracteoles could be useful, because there is a tendency to use ‘absent’ for ‘caducous’, which could lead to erroneous conclusions.
    • It had aseptate hyphae and sporangia were papillate, both caducous and non-caducous, and their shape ranged from ovoid to elongate and distorted.
    • Reproduction and dispersion are doubtless accomplished by the caducous branchlets.


late 17th century (in the sense 'epileptic'): from Latin caducus 'liable to fall' (from cadere 'to fall') + -ous.

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