Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Flying, or disposed to fly; fleeing away; lasting but a short time; volatile.
  • adjective (Biol.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Fleeting, fading quickly, transient.

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

  • adjective lasting a very short time

Etymologies

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

[From Latin fugāx, fugāc-, from fugere, to flee.]

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From Latin fugācius, comparative of fugāciter ("evasively, fleetingly"), from fugāx ("transitory, fleeting"), from fugiō ("I flee").

Examples

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  • Fugacious, like childhood, a wonderful fugue

    March 13, 2011

  • I read this as fugalicious.

    March 13, 2011

  • takes both/and gives flight?!

    January 6, 2014