Ephemeral

Definition of 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.
Sentences not of ephemeral, but of eternal, efficacy.
- Sir J. Stephen.
Ephemeral fly
(Zool.) 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 larvæ are aquatic; - called also day fly and May fly.
n.1.Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc.

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