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caducous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caducous  \Ca*du"cous\,  [L.  caducus  falling,  inclined  to  fall, 
  fr  cadere  to  fall.  See  {Cadence}.]  (Bot.  &  Zo["o]l.) 
  Dropping  off  or  disappearing  early,  as  the  calyx  of  a  poppy, 
  or  the  gills  of  a  tadpole. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caducous 
  adj  :  (biology)  shed  at  an  early  stage  of  development;  "most 
  amphibians  have  caducous  gills";  "the  caducous  calyx  of 
  a  poppy"  [syn:  {shed}]  [ant:  {persistent}] 




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