perennial [pə ren′ē əl]
[< L perennis, lasting through the year < per-, through + annus, a year: see PER1 & ANNUAL]
1. lasting or active throughout the whole year
2. lasting or continuing for a long time [perennial youth]
3. returning or becoming active again and again; perpetual
4. having a life cycle of more than two years: said esp. of herbaceous plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year
1. a perennial plant
2. a person or thing that is present continuously or reappears regularly

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  • Perennial — Per*en ni*al, a. [L. perennis that lasts the whole year through; per through + annus year. See {Per }, and {Annual}.] 1. ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains. [1913 Webster] 2. Continuing without cessation or intermission;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perennial — Per*en ni*al, n. (Bot.) A perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perennial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lasting through a year or several years. 2) (of a plant) living for several years. Compare with ANNUAL(Cf. ↑annually), BIENNIAL(Cf. ↑biennially). 3) lasting or doing something for a long time or for ever. ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

  • perennial — index chronic, consecutive, constant, continual (connected), continuous, immutable, incessant, i …   Law dictionary

  • perennial — 1640s, evergreen, formed in English from L. perennis lasting through the year (or years), from per through (see PER (Cf. per)) + annus year (see ANNUAL (Cf. annual)). Botanical sense of Remaining alive through a number of years is attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • perennial — perpetual, incessant, unremitting, constant, *continual, continuous Analogous words: *lasting, perpetual, perdurable, stable: *everlasting, unceasing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • perennial — with reference to plants, means ‘lasting several years’ by contrast with annual which means ‘lasting for one growing season’ …   Modern English usage

  • perennial — [adj] enduring, perpetual abiding, annual, ceaseless, chronic, constant, continual, continuing, deathless, durable, eternal, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, incessant, inveterate, lasting, lifelong, long lasting, long lived, longstanding,… …   New thesaurus

  • perennial — [[t]pəre̱niəl[/t]] perennials 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use perennial to describe situations or states that keep occurring or which seem to exist all the time; used especially to describe problems or difficulties. ...the perennial urban… …   English dictionary

  • perennial — adjective Etymology: Latin perennis, from per throughout + annus year more at per , annual Date: 1644 1. present at all seasons of the year 2. persisting for several years usually with new herbaceous growth from a perennating part < perennial… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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