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ephemerid

[ih-fem-er-id] /ɪˈfɛm ər ɪd/
noun
1.
an insect of the order Ephemeroptera, comprising the mayflies.
Also called ephemeropteran.
Origin of ephemerid
1870-1875
1870-75; < New Latin Ephemeridae. See ephemeral, -id2
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Examples from the Web for ephemerid
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  • The name of the family to which they belong, ephemerid, suggests their ephemeral existence.

  • Those examples are provided by Rotifera (inferior worms) and by ephemerid.

  • They are like the ephemerid insects which live for a summer day only.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • In the ephemerid they lie in planes approaching the vertical, slightly diverging from each other towards their extremities.

    Old Flies in New Dresses Charles Edward Walker
  • I do not propose in this work to deal with ephemerid, as the wings in the imitations now sold are in the natural position.

    Old Flies in New Dresses Charles Edward Walker
British Dictionary definitions for ephemerid

ephemerid

/ɪˈfɛmərɪd/
noun
1.
any insect of the order Ephemeroptera (or Ephemerida), which comprises the mayflies Also called ephemeropteran
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Ephēmerida, from Greek ephēmeros short-lived + -id²
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