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ephemeral

[ih-fem-er-uhl]
adjective
1.
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
noun
3.
anything short-lived, as certain insects.

Origin:
1570–80; < Greek ephḗmer(os) short-lived, lasting but a day (ep- ep- + hēmér(a) day + -os adj. suffix) + -al1

ephemerally, adverb
ephemeralness, noun
nonephemeral, adjective
nonephemerally, adverb
unephemeral, adjective
unephemerally, adverb


1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief.


1. permanent.
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ephemeral (ɪˈfɛmərəl)
 
adj
1.  lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure
 
n
2.  a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
3.  a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
 
[C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day]
 
e'phemerally
 
adv
 
ephemer'ality
 
n
 
e'phemeralness
 
n

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ephemeral
1630s, from Gk. ephemeros (see ephemera). Related: Ephemerality.
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