noun, plural e·phem·er·as, e·phem·er·ae [ih-fem-uh-ree] /ɪˈfɛm əˌri/ for 2.
Origin of ephemera
noun, plural e·phem·er·a [ih-fem-er-uh] /ɪˈfɛm ər ə/, e·phem·er·ons.
Origin of ephemeron
Related Words for ephemeracustomer, patron, visitor, caller, companion, inmate, client, recipient, tenant, vacationer, lodger, transient, boarder, frequenter, mate, renter, visitant, company, roomer, sojourner
Examples from the Web for ephemera
Contemporary Examples of ephemera
The paintings, ephemera, wall texts, and audio tour construct a story of an obsessive, gifted genius who lived for love and art.Art's Obsessive Genius
May 20, 2009
Historical Examples of ephemera
The Ephemera is the fly which is born but to die, living a single hour of love.The Insect
The Ephemera and probably the other Neuroptera have abdominal spiracles.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
The cut represents the circulation in the vessels of the larva of an Ephemera.The Life of an Insect
That was it—as indifferent as we could be to the struggle of an ephemera; and as mildly curious.The Metal Monster
Near the water side I caught an Ephemera, of which I made a drawing and description.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
noun plural -eras or -erae (-əˌriː)
Word Origin for ephemera
noun plural -era (-ərə) or -erons
Word Origin for ephemeron
late 14c., originally a medical term, from Medieval Latin ephemera (febris) "(fever) lasting a day," from fem. of ephemerus, from Greek ephemeros "lasting only one day, short-lived," from epi "on" (see epi-) + hemerai, dative of hemera "day," from PIE *amer- "day."
Sense extended 17c. to short-lived insects and flowers; general sense of "thing of transitory existence" is first attested 1751. Cf. Greek ephemeroi "men," literally "creatures of a day."
1620s, from Greek (zoon) ephemeron, neuter of ephemeros (see ephemera). Figurative use by 1771.