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annual

[ an-yoo-uhl ]
/ ˈæn yu əl /
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adjective
noun
Botany. a plant living only one year or season.
a book, report, etc., published annually.
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Origin of annual

1350–1400; <Late Latin annuālis, equivalent to Latin annu(us) yearly (derivative of annus circuit of the sun, year) + -ālis-al1; replacing Middle English annuel<Anglo-French <Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM annual

an·nu·al·ly, adverbin·ter·an·nu·al, adjectivein·ter·an·nu·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH annual

1. anal, annual , annul2. annual , perennial
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British Dictionary definitions for annual

annual
/ (ˈænjʊəl) /

adjective
occurring, done, etc, once a year or every year; yearlyan annual income
lasting for a yearan annual subscription
noun
a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one yearCompare perennial (def. 3), biennial (def. 3)
a book, magazine, etc, published once every year

Derived forms of annual

annually, adverb

Word Origin for annual

C14: from Late Latin annuālis, from Latin annuus yearly, from annus year
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Scientific definitions for annual

annual
[ ănyōō-əl ]

Adjective
Completing a life cycle in one growing season.
Noun
An annual plant. Annuals germinate, blossom, produce seed, and die in one growing season. They are common in environments with short growing seasons. Most desert plants are annuals, germinating and flowering after rainfall. Many common weeds, wild flowers, garden flowers, and vegetables are annuals. Examples of annuals include tomatoes, corn, wheat, sunflowers, petunias, and zinnias. Compare biennial perennial.
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