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Pronunciation:  pur'sistunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  never-ceasing; "the relentless beat of the drums"
  2. [adj]  continually recurring to the mind; "haunting memories"; "the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy
  3. [adj]  (biology) retained; not shed; "persistent leaves remain attached past maturity"; "the persistent gills of fishes"

PERSISTENT is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: continual, haunting, lasting, relentless, unforgettable, unrelenting
 Antonyms: caducous, shed



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*sist"ent\, a. [L. persistens, -entis, p. pr. of
persistere. See {Persist}.]
1. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious
   of position or purpose.

2. (Biol.) Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same
   kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as,
   persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; -- opposed
   to {deciduous}, and {caducous}.

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Biology Dictionary
  1. Remaining attached to the plant beyond the expected time of falling (e.g. of sepals not falling after flowering).
  2. Remaining attached after normal function has been completed.
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