ephemeron

[ih-fem-uh-ron, -er-uh n]
noun, plural e·phem·er·a [ih-fem-er-uh] /ɪˈfɛm ər ə/, e·phem·er·ons.
  1. anything short-lived or ephemeral.
  2. 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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ephemeron

noun plural -era (-ərə) or -erons
  1. (usually plural) something transitory or short-lived

Word Origin for ephemeron

C16: see ephemeral
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Word Origin and History for ephemeron
n.

1620s, from Greek (zoon) ephemeron, neuter of ephemeros (see ephemera). Figurative use by 1771.

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