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English Dictionary: ephemeral by the DICT Development Group
3 results for ephemeral
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
    Synonym(s): ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious
  1. anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
    Synonym(s): ephemeron, ephemeral
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ephemeral \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.
            [bd]Ephemeral popularity.[b8] --V. Knox.
                     Sentences not of ephemeral, but of eternal,
                     efficacy.                                          --Sir J.
      {Ephemeral fly} (Zo[94]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[91] are aquatic; -- called also {day
            fly} and {May fly}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ephemeral \E*phem"er*al\, n.
      Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral
      plant, insect, etc.
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