What does perennial mean?
Definitions for perennial
pəˈrɛn i əlperen·ni·al
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word perennial.
(botany) a plant lasting for three seasons or more
lasting three seasons or more
"the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"
lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal
perennial, recurrent, repeatedadjective
recurring again and again
"perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"
A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons. Compare annual, biennial.
Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.
a perennial stream
Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare annual, biennial.
Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.
Enduring; lasting; timeless.
His artwork has a perennial beauty.
Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.
Change is a perennial theme in politics.
Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: perennis, Latin.
If the quantity were precisely the same in these perennial fountains, the difficulty would be greater. George Cheyne.
The matter wherewith these perennial clouds are raised, is the sea that surrounds them. Gideon Harvey.
A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant that lives more than two years. The term (per- + -ennial, "through the years") is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. The term is also widely used to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth (secondary growth in girth) from trees and shrubs, which are also technically perennials.Perennials—especially small flowering plants—that grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their rootstock or other overwintering structure, are known as herbaceous perennials. However, depending on the rigours of local climate (temperature, moisture, organic content in the soil, microorganisms), a plant that is a perennial in its native habitat, or in a milder garden, may be treated by a gardener as an annual and planted out every year, from seed, from cuttings, or from divisions. Tomato vines, for example, live several years in their natural tropical/subtropical habitat but are grown as annuals in temperate regions because their above-ground biomass doesn't survive the winter. There is also a class of evergreen perennials which lack woody stems, such as Bergenia which retain a mantle of leaves throughout the year. An intermediate class of plants is known as subshrubs, which retain a vestigial woody structure in winter, e.g. Penstemon. The symbol for a perennial plant, based on Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, is represented by the symbol: , which is also the astronomical symbol for the planet Jupiter.
ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains
continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing
continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant
a perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pe-ren′i-al, adj. lasting through the year: perpetual: never failing: growing constantly: (bot.) lasting more than two years: of insects, living more than one year.—n. a plant which lives more than two years.—v.i. Perenn′ate, to live perennially.—n. Perennā′tion.—adv. Perenn′ially. [L. perennis—per, through, annus, a year.]
The numerical value of perennial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of perennial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of perennial in a Sentence
Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably part of a presidential campaign, America is winning right now, america is great right now. We can do even better.
It's unfortunate, but it's almost like a rite of passage in a college student to pull the perennial all-nighter even though we know that's not what you're supposed to do.
We had to deal with that a lot in the Senate race, and there were employees that were disgruntled that would say bad things, it's a perennial challenge for business candidates to run for any office ... The fact is, business people have to make tough decisions.
The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts, which we've seen of late, and our better angels, between ‘me first’ and ‘we the people.’ Between greed and generosity. Cruelty and kindness. Captivity and freedom.
This is not just a President Trump phenomenon, job numbers come out and this is a perennial, it’s my job as an economist to say, well, let’s not read too much into it.
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- perennifoli, perenneCatalan, Valencian
- tilbagevendende, helårlig, evig, flerårigDanish
- mehrjährig, dauerhaftGerman
- πολυετής, αιωνόβιοςGreek
- چند سالهPersian
- monivuotinen kasvi, monivuotinenFinnish
- vivace, pérenneFrench
- yl-vleinoil, yl-vleeantaghManx
- évelő, állandóHungarian
- 多年生, 永続Japanese
- meerjarig, eeuwig, voortdurend, plant, gansjarigDutch
- powtarzający się, powracający, wieloletni, bylina, częsty, odwiecznyPolish
- вечный, постоянный, повторяющийся, круглогодичный, растение, возвращающийся, многолетнее, многолетнийRussian
- večletna rastlina, trajnicaSlovene
- flerårig, perennSwedish
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