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perennial -- as in: perennial flower
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as in: perennial flower Define
a flower or other plant that survives all the seasons of the year; or one that lives for over two years
  • The perennials will bloom again next year.
  • the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant
  • I decided to invite her to inspect the more extensive garden behind the house, and she was plainly happy to follow me there, to walk among the perennials that I’d recently planted in what used to be a small croquet lawn, adjacent to the pool.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Buds burst from brown branches, perennials forcing their way tentatively through the dark, claggy soil.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • Even today, only cottonwoods and Chinese elms-perennials with a cactus like in-difference to thirst-are commonly planted.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Plants that do this are called perennials because they come back year after year.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Tulips could not be mixed with perennials.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The air had died in the cypresses in the courtyard, in the pale trappings of the bedrooms, in the dripping archways of the garden of perennials.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • All through the house there were seed packets and Xeroxed pictures of perennials and biennials and alpines and annuals and roses in every color you could imagine.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • The roses were done for, the perennials too.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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  • They spent the next few minutes wandering along the path while she pointed out the annuals she knew: black-eyed Susans, blazing stars, morning glories, and prairie asters, intermingled with perennials like forget-me-nots, Mexican hats, and Oriental poppies.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • John and I had done all the work ourselves: raked the leaves and shred— ded them in the chipper, cut back the dead perennials and mulched the beds, shoveled compost onto the vegetable garden and tilled it, and dug up the dahlia bulbs and stored them in a bucket of sand in the basement.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • But here at The Conifers you see tricycles and candy wrappers strewn outside; you see perennials and shrubs aplenty but all badly in need of sprucing and pruning; you see the domestic cars and economy imports; you see the subtle and varied indications of both decency and decline.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Liv Crawford could speak to these elements and others, and then point out the work invested in the grounds, the mature and various species of tree and shrub, the well-chosen perennials and annuals and judicious use of ornamental stones, the scale and shape and proportion of the entire site a realty dream come true, so that all one need do is simply move right in.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.
    Mitchell Burgess
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To see samples using other meanings of perennial, click a word sense below:
as in: perennial flower Define
a flower or other plant that survives all the seasons of the year; or one that lives for over two years
as in: perennial candidate Define
recurring again and again
as in: a perennial question Define
lasting a long time -- seemingly forever
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