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Deciduous

[di-ˈsi-jə-wəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

In botany, shedding leaves annually or at a certain point in the growth cycle

2.

Transitory or ephemeral

Examples of Deciduous in a sentence

"Come winter, the beautiful deciduous forest becomes barren and dull, and we wait for regrowth in the spring."

"I didn't realize the trees in my yard were deciduous, and every fall I have to rake fallen leaves on a daily basis."

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About Deciduous

The resurgence of forests in the eastern United States is one of the great natural comeback stories. The region was almost completely deforested by 1850 to make way for agricultural lands. Now, this part of the country features some of the largest temperate deciduous forests on Earth.

Did you Know?

Trees that make up deciduous forests lose (and regrow) their leaves every year. Among the most common types are oak, maple, and beech.

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