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  1. Aug 29, 2006 #1

    DaveC426913

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    Coniferous is to Conifer

    as

    Deciduous is to ?
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2006 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Assuming just tree species here, since that seems to be the intent.

    It doesn't parse exactly. Coniferous means cone-bearing, as does conifer.

    But. Deciduous means 'dropping leaves', like an oak tree. Except that there are species of trees that are "cousins", i.e., in the same genus, where some species are deciduous, some are not. Plus there are conifers, American Larch as an example, that are deciduous.

    So, there is no 'deciduous' group which is completely distinct from conifer.
    What are you driving at?
     
  4. Aug 30, 2006 #3

    Phobos

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    Coniferous is to Conifer as Deciduous is to The Decider! (Jon Stewart fans rejoice)
     
  5. Aug 31, 2006 #4

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    I'm simply asking what the noun root of the adjective deciduous is.


    A conifer is so because it is coniferous.
    A ? is so because it is deciduous.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2006 #5

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    There's a Latin verb "decidre", which means "to fall off". There's no English form of the word. While "conifer" has Latin roots, ("coniferae" is the family name), the origins are in the Greek Konos.
     
  7. Aug 31, 2006 #6

    jim mcnamara

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    When you're asking in the Bio section, adding the one word "noun" would have made it clear. sorry.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2006 #7

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    Ah - conifers are a family.

    So, I can't meaningfully say "the conifers are a more primitive plant form than the decidres".
     
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