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

  • adj. Passing away quickly; evanescent.
  • adj. Botany Withering or dropping off early.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fleeting, fading quickly, transient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flying, or disposed to fly; fleeing away; lasting but a short time; volatile.
  • adj. Fleeting; lasting but a short time; -- applied particularly to organs or parts which are short-lived as compared with the life of the individual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fleeing, or disposed to flee; fleeting; transitory.
  • Specifically, in zoöl. and botany, falling or fading early; speedily shed or cast; fugitive, as an external organ or a natural covering.

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

  • adj. lasting a very short time

Etymologies

From Latin fugāx, fugāc-, from fugere, to flee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fugācius, comparative of fugāciter ("evasively, fleetingly"), from fugāx ("transitory, fleeting"), from fugiō ("I flee"). (Wiktionary)

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