- fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
- Botany. falling or fading early.
Origin of fugacious
1625–35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous
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Examples from the Web for fugacious
The veil is often wanting, but when present is fibrous and fugacious.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
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Petals 5, fugacious (lasting but a day), much larger than the calyx.
Petals 5, rarely 6, inserted on the calyx with the 7–20 stamens, fugacious.
Honours and dignities are tranſient, beauty and riches frail and fugacious, to a proverb.
Honours and dignities are transient, beauty and riches frail and fugacious, to a proverb.
- passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
- botany lasting for only a short timefugacious petals
C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive
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