from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of ephemeron.

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  • n. Plural form of ephemeron.
  • n. transitory things
  • n. publications that are designed to be short-lived

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fever of one day's continuance only.
  • n. A genus of insects including the day flies, or ephemeral flies. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fever which lasts but a day or a very short period.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, the typical genus of May-flies or day-flies of the family Ephemeridæ, having three long caudal filaments.
  • n. A May-fly, day-fly, or shad-fly; an ephemerid. See Ephemeridæ and May-fly.
  • n. Anything very short-lived.
  • n. Plural of ephemeron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something transitory; lasting a day


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  • In book/print collecting, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time. Examples: pamphlets, notices, broadsides.

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