Meaning of “deciduous” in the English Dictionary

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"deciduous" in British English

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deciduousadjective

uk /dɪˈsɪdʒ.u.əs/ us /dɪˈsɪdʒ.u.əs/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • A very ornamental deciduous shrub, but often green throughout the winter. 
  • He wished me to alternate the planting with deciduous trees. 
  • The forests are evergreen—mainly firs and cedars—and on the streets here are maple and other deciduous trees. 
  • The leaves—lance-shaped, smooth, and deciduous—appear after the flowers. 
  • This is a wide-spreading tree with deciduous foliage, and armed with spines along the branches. 

(Definition of “deciduous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deciduous" in American English

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deciduousadjective [ not gradable ]

us /dɪˈsɪdʒ·u·əs/

biology (of a tree) losing its leaves in the fall

(Definition of “deciduous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)