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ephemera (insect)

ephemera is a plural form of ephemeron

ephemeron

Definition:

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plurals:

ephemera | ephemerons

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ephemeral

Etymology:

Greek ephēmeron, short-lived insect from ephēmeros, for the day, short-lived...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of ephemera...

Definition references  (+images)

New World Dictionary:

mayfly | mayflies [plural] | ephemerid | ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

any of an order (Ephemeroptera) of delicate, soft-bodied insects with gauzy wings held vertically when at rest: in the adult stage, it lives only ... (24 of 54 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mayfly

Wikipedia:

Ephemeron

In computer science, finalization occurs when a garbage collector informs an application that an object is "almost collectable." It's used to help an application maintain its invariants. Weak references may be used by a garbage collector to determine... (38 of 642 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ephemeron

Collins Dictionary:

ephemeron [plural] | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

something transitory or short-lived (4 of 241 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ephemeron

Oxford Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemerons [plural]

Syllabification: (e·phem·er·on) Entry from United States Dictionary | an insect that lives only for a day or a few days. (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ephemeron

Random House Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

anything short-lived or ephemeral. | "ephemera": items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, ... (20 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ephemeron

American Heritage Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

A short-lived thing. | "ephemera": Printed matter of passing interest. (9 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeron

Wiktionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural]

something short lived or transitory (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ephemeron

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ephemeral [plant]

in botany, any short-lived plant, usually one that has one or more generations per year, growing only during favourable periods and passing the ... (23 of 67 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/189515​/ephemeral

Merriam-Webster:

ephemeral [entry 1, adjective] | brief [synonym, sense-specific] | deciduous [synonym, sense-specific] | momentary [synonym, sense-specific] | evanescent [synonym, sense-specific] | flash [synonym, sense-specific] | fleeting [synonym, sense-specific] | fugacious [synonym, sense-specific] | fugitive [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

lasting one day only | lasting a very short time (9 of 228 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ephemeral

ephemeral [entry 2, noun]

something that lasts for a very short time; something ephemeral ; specifically, a plant that grows, flowers, and dies in a few days (23 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ephemeral show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ephemeral

lasting for only a short time ; [biology] an ephemeral plant has only a short life (16 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ephemeral

Cambridge Dictionary:

ephemeral

lasting for only a short time (6 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ephemeral

Columbia Encyclopedia:

insect | naiad | nymph

invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a ... (23 of 214 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0825279​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

a short-lived thing (usually used in the plural) | collectible items that were originally designed to be short-lived (17 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608784​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

Origin: Greek ephēmeron, short-lived insect from ephēmeros, for the day, short-lived from epi-, upon + hēmera, day

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeron

ephemeral

Origin: Greek ephēmeros (see "ephemeron") + "-al"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeral

American Heritage Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

Origin: Greek ephēmeron, mayfly, from neuter of ephēmeros, daily, short-lived; see "ephemeral".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeron

ephemeral

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeral

Online Etymology:

ephemeron

First use: 1620s

Origin: Greek (zoon) ephemeron, neuter of ephemeros. Figurative use by 1771.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ephemeron

ephemeral

First use: 1560s

Origin: see "ephemera" + "-al" (1). Originally of diseases and lifespans; extended sense of "transitory" is from 1630s.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ephemeral

Oxford Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemerons [plural]

Origin: Greek, neuter of ephēmeros "lasting only a day"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ephemeron

ephemeral

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Greek ephēmeros (see "ephemera") + "-al"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ephemeral

Wiktionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek eph- + ἡμέρα (hēmerā, "day").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ephemeron

ephemeral | ephemerals [plural]

Origin: New Latin ephemerus, from Ancient Greek ἐφήμερος (ephēmeros), the more common form of ἐφημέριος (ephemerios, "of, for, or during the day, living or lasting but for a day, short-lived,... (29 of 37 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ephemeral

Collins Dictionary:

ephemeron [plural] | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: see ephemeral

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ephemeron

ephemeral

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ephemeral

Merriam-Webster:

ephemeral [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1576

Origin: Greek ephēmeros lasting a day, daily, from epi- + hēmera day

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ephemeral

Encarta Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Greek ephēmeron, form of ephēmeros

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608784​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

ephemeral | ephemerals [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeral"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ephemeral

Collins Dictionary:

ephemeron [plural] | ephemera [plural] | ephemerons [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ephemeron"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ephemeron

ephemeral

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeral"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ephemeral

the Free Dictionary:

ephemeron

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ephemeron"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeron" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ephemeron

ephemeral

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ephemeral"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeral" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ephemeral

Google Dictionary:

ephemeron | ephemerons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ephemeron"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ephemeron

ephemeral | ephemerals [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ephemeral"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ephemeral

YourDictionary Audio:

ephemeron

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeron" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeron

ephemeral

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ephemeral" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ephemeral

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ephemeral

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ephemeral"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ephemeral

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ephemeral

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ephemeral"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ephemeral

Cambridge Dictionary:

ephemeral

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ephemeral"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ephemeral"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ephemeral

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ephemeral

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ephemeral"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=epheme​04 word=ephemeral

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