May fly
Ephemeral E*phem"er*al, a. 1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower. [1913 Webster]

2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only. ``Ephemeral popularity.'' --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

Sentences not of ephemeral, but of eternal, efficacy. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster]

{Ephemeral fly} (Zo["o]l.), one of a group of neuropterous insects, belonging to the genus {Ephemera} and many allied genera, which live in the adult or winged state only for a short time. The larv[ae] are aquatic; -- called also {day fly} and {May fly}. [1913 Webster]


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