Origin of annual
Examples from the Web for annuals
Historical Examples of annuals
These are annuals, and perish at the close of the growing season.Seed Dispersal
William J. Beal
In all the years of his ministry I never knew him to lose hope in his annuals.A Circuit Rider's Wife
Annuals flower the same season the seeds are sown, perfect their seeds, and then die.
Annuals are divided into three classes, hardy, half-hardy, and tender.
I have no disposition to say disparaging things about the garden of annuals.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
Word Origin for annual
late 14c., from Old French annuel (12c.) or directly from Late Latin annualem (nominative annualis), corresponding to Latin annalis as adjective form of annus "year," from PIE *at-no-, from root *at- "to go," on notion of "period gone through" (cf. Sanskrit atati "goes, wanders," Gothic aþnam (dative plural) "year," Oscan akno- "year, holiday, time of offering"). Used of plants since 1710.
c.1400, originally "service commemorating the anniversary of a person's death," from annual (adj.). By 1824 as short for annual plant.