fugacious

[fyoo-gey-shuhs]
adjective
1.
fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
2.
Botany. falling or fading early.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous

fugaciously, adverb
fugaciousness, fugacity [fyoo-gas-i-tee] , noun
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fugacious (fjuːˈɡeɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
2.  botany lasting for only a short time: fugacious petals
 
[C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive]
 
fu'gaciously
 
adv
 
fu'gaciousness
 
n

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fugacious
1630s, from L. fugaci-, stem of fugax, from fugere "to flee" (see fugitive).
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One reason for this is that oil and gas is fugacious, and can be lost to surrounding property if not diligently captured.
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