ephemerid

[ ih-fem-er-id ]
/ ɪˈfɛm ər ɪd /
|

noun

an insect of the order Ephemeroptera, comprising the mayflies.

Nearby words

  1. ephedrine,
  2. ephelis,
  3. ephemera,
  4. ephemeral,
  5. ephemerality,
  6. ephemeris,
  7. ephemeris second,
  8. ephemeris time,
  9. ephemeron,
  10. ephemeropteran

Origin of ephemerid

From the New Latin word Ephemeridae, dating back to 1870–75. See ephemeral, -id2

Also called ephemeropteran.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ephemerid


British Dictionary definitions for ephemerid

ephemerid

/ (ɪˈfɛmərɪd) /

noun

any insect of the order Ephemeroptera (or Ephemerida), which comprises the mayfliesAlso called: ephemeropteran

Word Origin for ephemerid

C19: from New Latin Ephēmerida, from Greek ephēmeros short-lived + -id ²

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012