|1.||occurring, done, etc, once a year or every year; yearly: an annual income|
|2.||lasting for a year: an annual subscription|
|3.||perennial Compare biennial a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year|
|4.||a book, magazine, etc, published once every year|
|[C14: from Late Latin annuālis, from Latin annuus yearly, from annus year]|
annual [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ān'y-əl) Pronunciation Key |
Adjective Completing a life cycle in one growing season.
Noun An annual plant. Annuals germinate, blossom, produce seed, and die in one growing season. They are common in environments with short growing seasons. Most desert plants are annuals, germinating and flowering after rainfall. Many common weeds, wild flowers, garden flowers, and vegetables are annuals. Examples of annuals include tomatoes, corn, wheat, sunflowers, petunias, and zinnias. Compare biennial, perennial.