[ih-fem-uh-ron, -er-uh n]
- anything short-lived or ephemeral.
- ephemera, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.
Origin of ephemeron
1570–80; < Greek ephḗmeron short-lived insect, noun use of neuter of ephḗmeros; see ephemeral
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Examples from the Web for ephemeron
The scent was so strong that the ephemeron was almost intoxicated by it.
Like the ephemeron fly, they are born suddenly, and may be expected to die as soon.Thoughts on Man
The airy nothing of a sigh bears often a pastoral world or an orcus on its ephemeron's-wing.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
Its three hundred and sixty-five years were now as but the day of the ephemeron.
Let not the ephemeron that lights on a baby's hand generalize too rashly upon the non-growing of organisms!
- (usually plural) something transitory or short-lived
C16: see ephemeral
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Word Origin and History for ephemeron
1620s, from Greek (zoon) ephemeron, neuter of ephemeros (see ephemera). Figurative use by 1771.
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