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Definitions of perennial

  1. lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self- renewal; " perennial happiness"
  2. a plant lasting for three seasons or more
  3. recurring again and again; " perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"
  4. ( botany) lasting three seasons or more; " the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"
  5. lasting three seasons or more; " the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"
  6. ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains.
  7. Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing.
  8. Continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant.
  9. A perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not.
  10. Lasting through the year; as, a perennial spring of water; lasting more than two years; as, perennial plants; enduring; unceasing; as, perennial youth.
  11. A plant that lives from year to year.
  12. Perennially.
  13. Lasting several years; noting, in botany, a plant which does not die down at the end of each season or each two seasons.
  14. Lasting through the year: perpetual: ( bot.) lasting more than two years.
  15. Lasting for years; perpetual; living more than two years, as a plant.
  16. Lasting more than one season.
  17. A plant that lasts year after year.
  18. Lasting through the year; perpetual; continuing more than two years.
  19. A plant that lives more than two years.
  20. A plant whose leaves generally perish annually, but whose root and stem survive for more than two years.
  21. Lasting through the year; flowering for several years; perpetual; unceasing.
  22. Persisting through the year or for a number of years.
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Usage examples for perennial

  1. In the centre of these shades some monks have a comfortable nest; perennial springs, a garden of delicious vegetables, and, I dare say, a thousand luxuries besides, which the poor mortals below never dream of. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  2. Nevertheless, we are not to suppose that everything is precious which Wordsworth, standing even at this perennial and beautiful source, may give us. – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
  3. This is quite enough to justify a perennial curiosity concerning the details of their alliance. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  4. Although the psychical life, intellectual and nervous, may be still vigorous, the sap of the plant- body no longer rises, quick and warm and fructifying, to earth's perennial call. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  5. There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is as far from an answer as ever. – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. I write for the 'People's Perennial and Household Inquisitor'. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  7. Hundreds of square miles of arid sand waste would thus be converted into fields of perennial verdure, and the geography of Lower Egypt would be thereby sensibly changed. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  8. The record of her achievements, when contending against the most overwhelming odds, and the example of those heroic personalities, which mark the progress of her history, have been a perennial fountain of inspiration to the Scottish people, have made them what they are. –  by
  9. Search for the ten tribes had now re- established itself as a subject of perennial interest. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  10. A good deed done hath memory's blest perfume,- A day of self- forgetfulness, all given To holy charity, hath perennial bloom That goes, undrooping, up from earth to heaven. – Poems by Sam G. Goodrich
  11. The freshness and glow of his interest in life were perennial. – From the Easy Chair, series 2 by George William Curtis
  12. High winds, gloom, and rain succeeded that brilliant cloudless summer- time, which had become, as it were, the normal condition of the universe; and Lady Laura's guests were fain to abandon their picnics and forest excursions, their botanical researches and distant- race meetings- nay, even croquet itself, that perennial source of recreation for the youthful mind, had to be given up, except in the most fitful snatches. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  13. It depicted a heroic girl in every trying circumstance of mediaeval life, and gratified the perennial passion of both sexes for historical romance, while it flattered woman's instinct of superiority by the celebration of her unintermitted triumphs, ending in a preposterous and wholly superfluous self- sacrifice. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  14. She was the immortal conception, the perennial theme. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  15. To the space- writers of the social columns, he had been a perennial inspiration. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  16. He seeks more than beauty, he seeks the perennial source of beauty. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  17. Torrential floods now rage and destroy where perennial streams once flowed. – Our National Defense: The Patriotism of Peace by George Hebard Maxwell
  18. This greenness, we would remark, is not, like the verdure in the vision of the poet, necessarily perennial. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  19. The married couple who intend to love each other during their whole life have no notion of a honeymoon; for them it has no existence, or rather its existence is perennial; they are like the immortals who do not understand death. – The Physiology of Marriage, Part I. by Honore de Balzac
  20. The part of Cicero's work which the present age probably finds the most interesting, and the interest of which is, in the nature of things, perennial, has been as yet left unmentioned. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
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