(botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season
having a life cycle lasting two seasons
"a biennial life cycle"; "parsnips and carrots are biennial plants often grown as annuals"
occurring every second year
"they met at biennial conventions"
A plant that requires two years to complete its life-cycle, germinating and growing in its first year, then producing its flowers and fruit in its second year, after which it usually dies.
Happening every two years.
Lasting for two years.
Origin: From biennium, from bis + annus.
happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election
continuing for two years, and then perishing, as plants which form roots and leaves the first year, and produce fruit the second
something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination
a plant which exists or lasts for two years
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bī-en′yal, adj. lasting two years: happening once in two years.—n. a plant that lasts two years.—adv. Bienn′ially. [L. biennalis—bi-, twice, and annus, a year.]
The numerical value of biennial in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of biennial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- zweijährig, bisannuelGerman
- kaksivuotinen, tapahtua, vuosi, toinen, jokaFinnish
- débhliantúil, débhliantógIrish
- lus dà bhliadhnail, dà bhliadhnailScottish Gaelic
- 二年生の, 二年間続く, 二年ごとのJapanese
- двухле́тний, двухгоди́чныйRussian
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