[ puh-ren-ee-uhl ]
/ pəˈrɛn i əl /
lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty.
(of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream.
perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent.
a perennial plant: Daffodils and tulips are perennials.
something that is continuing or recurrent.
The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
Origin of perennial
Related formsper·en·ni·al·i·ty, nounper·en·ni·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedannual perennial
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British Dictionary definitions for perenniality
/ (pəˈrɛnɪəl) /
lasting throughout the year or through many years
Derived Formsperennially, adverb
Word Origin for perennial
C17: from Latin perennis continual, from per through + annus year
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Science definitions for perenniality
[ pə-rĕn′ē-əl ]
Living for three or more years.
A perennial plant. Herbaceous perennials survive winter and drought as underground roots, rhizomes, bulbs, corms, or tubers. Woody perennials, including vines, shrubs, and trees, usually stop growing during winter and drought. Asters, irises, tulips, and peonies are familiar garden perennials. Compare annual biennial.
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