|1.||Compare evergreen (of trees and shrubs) shedding all leaves annually at the end of the growing season and then having a dormant period without leaves|
|2.||(of antlers, wings, teeth, etc) being shed at the end of a period of growth|
|3.||rare Compare evergreen impermanent; transitory|
|[C17: from Latin dēciduus falling off, from dēcidere to fall down, from cadere to fall]|
deciduous de·cid·u·ous (dĭ-sĭj'ōō-əs)
Falling off or shed at a specific stage of growth, as teeth of the first dentition.
Of, relating to, or being the first or primary dentition.
|deciduous (dĭ-sĭj'-əs) Pronunciation Key