- continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
- lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
- continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
- blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.
- a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
- a perennial plant.
Origin of perpetual
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- (usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
- (usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeatedyour perpetual complaints
- horticulture blooming throughout the growing season or year
- (of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
- a plant that blooms throughout the growing season
Word Origin and History for non-perpetual
mid-14c., from Old French perpetuel "without end" (12c.) and directly from Latin perpetualis "universal," in Medieval Latin "permanent," from perpetuus "continuous, universal," from perpetis, genitive of Old Latin perpes "lasting," probably from per- "through" + root of petere "to seek, go to, aim at" (see petition (n.)). Related: Perpetually. Perpetual motion is attested from 1590s.