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Meaning of EPHEMERAL

Pronunciation:  i'femurul

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  enduring a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but at is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"

EPHEMERAL is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: fugacious, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*phem"er*al\, a.
    1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer
       than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower.
    2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
       ``Ephemeral popularity.'' --V. Knox.
             Sentences not of ephemeral, but of eternal,
             efficacy.                             --Sir J.
    {Ephemeral fly} (Zo["o]l.), one of a group of neuropterous
       insects, belonging to the genus {Ephemera} and many allied
       genera, which live in the adult or winged state only for a
       short time. The larv[ae] are aquatic; -- called also {day
       fly} and {May fly}.
  2. \E*phem"er*al\, n.
    Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral
    plant, insect, etc.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Short-lived.
Thesaurus Terms
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