word du jour: DECIDUOUS

I always like to include the Merriam Webster definition of my word du jour, and today’s word is DECIDUOUS:

Main Entry: de·cid·u·ous
Pronunciation: di-ˈsi-jə-wəs, -jü-əs
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin deciduus, from decidere to fall off, from de- + cadere to fall — more at chance
Date: 1688

1 : falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle <deciduous leaves> <deciduous scales>
2 a : having deciduous parts <maples, birches, and other deciduous trees> b : having the dominant plants deciduous <a deciduous forest>
3 : ephemeral

de·cid·u·ous·ness noun

 

This is easy to use in a sentence:

Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and winter.

japanese garden in the fall

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