ephemeral


adjective

  1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
  2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.

noun

  1. anything short-lived, as certain insects.

adjective

  1. lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-livedephemeral pleasure

noun

  1. a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
  2. a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
adj.

1560s; see ephemera + -al (1). Related: Ephemerality. Originally of diseases and lifespans; extended sense of “transitory” is from 1630s.

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