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[per-uh-neyt, puh-ren-eyt] /ˈpɛr əˌneɪt, pəˈrɛn eɪt/
verb (used without object), perennated, perennating. Botany
to survive from season to season for an indefinite number of years.
Origin of perennate
1615-25; < Latin perennātus, past participle of perennāre to continue for a long time, derivative of perennis; see perennial, -ate1
Related forms
perennation, noun Unabridged
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  • In milder temperate climates plants generally perennate from starch filled resting fronds that develop in late summer.
British Dictionary definitions for perennate


/ˈpɛrɪˌneɪt; pəˈrɛneɪt/
(intransitive) (of plants) to live from one growing season to another, usually with a period of reduced activity between seasons
Word Origin
C17: from Latin perennātus, from perennāre, from per- (through) + annus year
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