perennial

[ puh-ren-ee-uhl ]
/ pəˈrɛn i əl /

adjective

noun

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Origin of perennial

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin perenni(s) “lasting the whole year through” (per- ”through, by” + -enn-, combining form of annus “year” + -is adjective suffix) + -al1;see per- (def. 1)

OTHER WORDS FROM perennial

per·en·ni·al·i·ty, nounper·en·ni·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perennial

annual, perennial
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British Dictionary definitions for perennial

perennial
/ (pəˈrɛnɪəl) /

adjective

lasting throughout the year or through many years
everlasting; perpetual

noun

a woody or herbaceous plant that can continue its growth for at least two yearsCompare annual (def. 3), biennial (def. 3)

Derived forms of perennial

perennially, adverb

Word Origin for perennial

C17: from Latin perennis continual, from per through + annus year
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Scientific definitions for perennial

perennial
[ pə-rĕnē-əl ]

Adjective

Living for three or more years.

Noun

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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