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. [1913 Webster]

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