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ephemera

[ih-fem-er-uh] /ɪˈfɛm ər ə/
noun, plural ephemeras, ephemerae
[ih-fem-uh-ree] /ɪˈfɛm əˌri/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a plural of ephemeron.
2.
an ephemerid.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Greek ephḗmera, neuter plural of ephḗmeros, taken as singular; see ephemeral

ephemeron

[ih-fem-uh-ron, -er-uh n] /ɪˈfɛm əˌrɒn, -ər ən/
noun, plural ephemera
[ih-fem-er-uh] /ɪˈfɛm ər ə/ (Show IPA),
ephemerons.
1.
anything short-lived or ephemeral.
2.
ephemera, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.
Origin
1570-80; < Greek ephḗmeron short-lived insect, noun use of neuter of ephḗmeros; see ephemeral
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Examples for ephemera
  • It will either confirm earlier measurements of the axis of evil or show them to be ephemera.
  • He made collages from pulpy ephemera such as starlet photographs and astronomical maps.
  • ephemera from the museum's own collection will also be among the hundreds of items displayed.
  • By nature, a sweet sensation is more fleeting than lasting, a leap into the ephemera.
  • While it has its virtues, it mainly offers unreviewed and probably otherwise unpublishable misinformation, trivia and ephemera.
  • But too many blogs-with their half-digested ideas and slapdash commentary on daily ephemera-show that gatekeepers have their uses.
  • School inspections, meanwhile, would concentrate more on teaching and less on such ephemera as compliance with safety regulations.
  • It is the spontaneous expression of instant thought-impermanent beyond even the ephemera of daily journalism.
  • They write about sports and celebrities, thinking that these ephemera are more interesting than what is happening to the world.
  • Taken seriously and discussed excitedly for a few weeks, the canard soon disappeared along with the other ephemera of the day.
British Dictionary definitions for ephemera

ephemera

/ɪˈfɛmərə/
noun (pl) -eras, -erae (-əˌriː)
1.
a mayfly, esp one of the genus Ephemera
2.
something transitory or short-lived
3.
(functioning as pl) a class of collectable items not originally intended to last for more than a short time, such as tickets, posters, postcards, or labels
4.
a plural of ephemeron
Word Origin
C16; see ephemeral

ephemeron

/ɪˈfɛməˌrɒn/
noun (pl) -era (-ərə), -erons
1.
(usually pl) something transitory or short-lived
Word Origin
C16: see ephemeral
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Word Origin and History for ephemera
ephemera
late 14c., originally a medical term, from M.L. ephemera (febris) "(fever) lasting a day," from fem. of ephemerus, from Gk. ephemeros "lasting only one day," from epi "on" + hemerai, dat. of hemera "day," from PIE *amer- "day." Sense extended to short-lived insects and flowers; general sense of "transitory" is first attested 1630s.
ephemeron
1620s, from Gk. (zoon) ephemeron, neut. of ephemeros (see ephemera).
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