ephemera

[ ih-fem-er-uh ]
/ ɪˈfɛm ər ə /

noun, plural e·phem·er·as, e·phem·er·ae [ih-fem-uh-ree] /ɪˈfɛm əˌri/ for 2.

a plural of ephemeron.
an ephemerid.

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Origin of ephemera

1670–80; < Greek ephḗmera, neuter plural of ephḗmeros, taken as singular; see ephemeral

Definition for ephemera (2 of 2)

ephemeron
[ ih-fem-uh-ron, -er-uh n ]
/ ɪˈfɛm əˌrɒn, -ər ən /

noun, plural e·phem·er·a [ih-fem-er-uh] /ɪˈfɛm ər ə/, e·phem·er·ons.

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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British Dictionary definitions for ephemera (1 of 2)

ephemera
/ (ɪˈfɛmərə) /

noun plural -eras or -erae (-əˌriː)

a mayfly, esp one of the genus Ephemera
something transitory or short-lived
(functioning as plural) a class of collectable items not originally intended to last for more than a short time, such as tickets, posters, postcards, or labels
a plural of ephemeron

Word Origin for ephemera

C16; see ephemeral

British Dictionary definitions for ephemera (2 of 2)

ephemeron
/ (ɪˈfɛməˌrɒn) /

noun plural -era (-ərə) or -erons

(usually plural) something transitory or short-lived

Word Origin for ephemeron

C16: see ephemeral
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