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perennial

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1  —as in:
perennial flower
Definition 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.
perennials = flowers or other plant that survive all the seasons of the year; or that live for over two years
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant
  • I had plans for a perennial shade garden.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennial = of plants that survive a long time
  • I'd already done some preliminary, surreptitious packing — my jewel box, my photographs, Perennials for the Rock Garden and now I did the rest.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennials = flowers or other plant that survive all the seasons of the year; or that live for over two years
  • I contented myself with books — Perennials for the Rock Garden, Desert Succulents for Northern Climes, and the like.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennials = flowers or other plant that survive all the seasons of the year; or that live for over two years
  • Prologue: Perennials for the Rock Garden
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennials = flowers or other plant that survive all the seasons of the year; or that live for over two years
  • She tucked it into a brown envelope on which she'd written clippings, and hid the envelope between the pages of Perennials for the Rock Garden, where no one else would ever look.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennials = flowers or other plant that survive all the seasons of the year; or that live for over two years
  • 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
  • The roses were done for, the perennials too.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Tulips could not be mixed with perennials.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club

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2  —as in:
perennial candidate
Definition recurring again and again
  • Storing food was part of the perennial battle against winter.
perennial = recurring again and again
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements
  • The perennial adolescent riposte.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • perennial = recurring again and again
  • But Lenina and Henry had what they wanted ... They were inside, here and now-safely inside with the fine weather, the perennially blue sky.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • perennially = recurring again and again
  • The perennial whiskey glass was in his hands, and he drained it with shaking fingers.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden

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3  —as in:
a perennial question
Definition lasting a long time — seemingly forever
  • There are a some perennial favorite stories each Christmas. "A Christmas Carol" since 1842 and "It's a Wonderful Life" since 1946 come to mind.
perennial = lasting a long time — seemingly forever
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Dorian Gray desired perennial youth.
  • I arrived early, enough time for perennially strong appendiceal cancer survivor Lida to bring me up-to-date on everyone as I ate a grocery-store chocolate chip cookie while leaning against the dessert table.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • perennially = lasting a long time
  • Jean Louise looked at the three Perennial Hopefuls on her right.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • perennial = seemingly forever
  • The Perennial Hopefuls talked quietly among themselves: longest day I ever had ....
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • As they went down into the valley of the Thyme, the babble of the stream rose into the air like a perennial laughter.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Tales and Fantasies
  • It is at once a consequence and an indication of his perennial existence.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • The mill still worked on, food being a perennial necessity; the abbey had perished, creeds being transient.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman

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