One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an organ or part) easily detached and shed at an early stage.‘poppies have caducous sepals that are shed after the bud has opened’
- ‘In the poppy family, the sepals are caducous.’
- ‘The caducous trees prevail, such as ñire, lenga, rauli and pellín oak, although there are also perennial trees such as cypress, and canas, rushes, etc.’
- ‘Reproduction and dispersion are doubtless accomplished by the caducous branchlets.’
- ‘It had aseptate hyphae and sporangia were papillate, both caducous and non-caducous, and their shape ranged from ovoid to elongate and distorted.’
- ‘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.’
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘epileptic’): from Latin caducus ‘liable to fall’ (from cadere ‘to fall’) + -ous.
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