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ephemeral

lasting a short time; transitory; short-lived: It was an ephemeral but delightful visit.
Not to be confused with:
ethereal – intangible; delicate; heavenly; spiritual: It was an ethereal visitation by someone from another world.

e·phem·er·al

 (ĭ-fĕm′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
n.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.

[From Greek ephēmeros : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēmerā, day.]

e·phem′er·al′i·ty, e·phem′er·al·ness n.
e·phem′er·al·ly adv.

ephemeral

(ɪˈfɛmərəl)
adj
lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure.
n
1. (Biology) a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
2. (Botany) a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
[C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day]
eˈphemerally adv
eˌphemerˈality, eˈphemeralness n

e•phem•er•al

(ɪˈfɛm ər əl)

adj.
1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory.
2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
n.
3. anything short-lived, as certain insects.
[1570–80; < Greek ephḗmer(os) short-lived, lasting but a day]
e•phem′er•al•ly, adv.
e•phem`er•al′i•ty, e•phem′er•al•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ephemeral - anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Adj.1.ephemeral - 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"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

ephemeral

ephemeral

adjective
Translations
hetkellinenlyhytaikainenohimenevä
efemerankratkotrajanprivremen
efemeryczny

ephemeral

[ɪˈfemərəl] ADJefímero

ephemeral

[ɪˈfɛmərəl] adjéphémère

ephemeral

adjephemer (geh, Zool), → kurzlebig; happiness alsoflüchtig

ephemeral

[ɪˈfɛmərl] adjeffimero/a

ephemeral

a. efímero-a, pasajero-a.
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