- lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
- lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
- anything short-lived, as certain insects.
Origin of ephemeral
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1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief.
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- lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-livedephemeral pleasure
- a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
- a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day
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Word Origin and History for non-ephemeral
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