ephemeron

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

Nearby words

  1. ephemerality,
  2. ephemerid,
  3. ephemeris,
  4. ephemeris second,
  5. ephemeris time,
  6. ephemeropteran,
  7. ephemerous,
  8. ephes.,
  9. ephesian,
  10. ephesians

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 ephemeron

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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Word Origin and History for ephemeron

ephemeron

n.

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

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