caducous


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caducous

(kə-do͞o′kəs, -dyo͞o′-)
adj.
Dropping off or shedding at an early stage of development, as the gills of most amphibians or the sepals or stipules of certain plants.

caducous

being shed at an early stage in development, as are the sepals of the poppy and the stipules of the lime tree.