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A.Word.A.Day--deciduous

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deciduous (di-SIJ-oo-uhs) adjective

1. Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth.

2. Shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season.

3. Not lasting; ephemeral.

[From Latin deciduus, from decidere, to fall off : de-, de- + cadere, to fall.]

"Even leafless deciduous trees can block 25-60% of the sun's energy." Glickman, Marshall, Money does grow on trees. (using landscaping to improve energy conservation in the home)., Mother Earth News, 10-01-1994, pp 18(2).

This week's theme: words about trees.

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