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deciduous

1. Botany (of trees and shrubs) shedding all leaves annually at the end of the growing season and then having a dormant period without leaves
2. Zoology (of antlers, wings, teeth, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth

deciduous

[di′sij·ə·wəs]
(biology)
Falling off or being shed at the end of the growing period or season.

deciduous

Descriptive of trees or shrubs, usually of temperate climates, that shed their leaves annually; characteristic of most hardwoods and a few softwoods.
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Our results indicate that deciduous vegetation is an important source of arthropod prey, especially caterpillars, which are preferred by Wilson's Warblers and other insectivorous birds.
Unless damage by moose is reduced in Sweden in the landscapes that we studied, it is doubtful that deciduous vegetation can be maintained, thereby affecting biodiversity.
However, both rural and urban populations of the Yellow-billed Magpie appear to roost only in dense evergreen vegetation during winter; in contrast, some Black-billed Magpie and Common Magpie (Pica pica) populations roost in deciduous vegetation for part or all of the winter (Moller 1985, Reebs 1987).