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cladoptosis

[klad-op-toh-sis, kley-dop-] /ˌklæd ɒpˈtoʊ sɪs, ˌkleɪ dɒp-/
noun, Botany
1.
the annual shedding of twigs or branches instead of leaves, as in certain cypresses.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; clado- + ptosis
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