What are deciduous?

  • (adj): (of teeth, antlers, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth.
    Example: "Deciduous teeth"
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Deciduous means "falling off at maturity" or "tending to fall off", and is typically used in reference to trees or shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally, and to the shedding of other plant structures such as petals after flowering or fruit when ripe. In a more general sense, deciduous means the dropping of a part that is no longer needed, or falling away after its purpose is finished. In plants it is the result of natural processes. Deciduous has a similar meaning when referring to animal parts, such as deciduous antlers in deer, or deciduous teeth, also known as baby teeth, in some mammals (including human children).

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Some articles on deciduous:

... Semi-deciduous is a botanical term which refers to plants that lose their foliage for a very short period, when old leaves fall off and new foliage growth is starting ... Semi-deciduous may also describe some trees, bushes or plants that normally only lose part of their foliage in autumn/winter or during the dry season, but might lose all their leaves in a ...
Madge Lake - Surrounding Forest
... population of paper birch and trembling aspen is in decline, and deciduous trees are now fairly inconspicuous except in isolated pockets ... This is a fairly recent development, as the deciduous trees that sprouted after the fires only started dying off in numbers in the 1980s ... Before this time, the lake shore forest was dominated by deciduous trees ...
Deciduous - Regions
... at the end of the typical growing season are called deciduous forests ... Two distinctive types of deciduous forest are found growing around the world ... Temperate deciduous forest biomes are plant communities distributed in North and South America, Asia, Europe and for cultivation purposes in Oceania ...
Satoyama - Biodiversity
... Deciduous oaks such as Quercus acutissima and Quercus serrata are planted by farmers to maintain deciduous broad-leaf trees ... Many plant and animal species are able to live in these deciduous forests because of traditional management practices ...
Masai Warrior - Body Modification
... The removal of deciduous canine tooth buds in early childhood is a practice that has been documented in the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. 87% were found to have undergone the removal of one or more deciduous canine tooth buds ... the 111 children examined exhibited missing mandibular or maxillary deciduous canines ...

More definitions of "deciduous":

  • (adj): (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season.