Biennial
Biennial Bi*en"ni*al, n. 1. Something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A plant which exists or lasts for two years. [1913 Webster]


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  • biennial — bi‧en‧ni‧al [baɪˈeniəl] adjective happening once every two years: • the biennial report published by the BDDA compare biannual * * * biennial UK US /baɪˈeniəl/ adjective ► happening once every two years: »a biennial conference → …   Financial and business terms

  • Biennial — Bi*en ni*al, a. [L. biennalis and biennis, fr. biennium a space of two years; bis twice + annus year. Cf. {Annual}.] 1. Happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Continuing for two years, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Biennial — may refer to:* an event that occurs every two years * a biennial plant, a plant which blooms in its second year * a biennale, an art exhibition held every two years ee also* anniversary (for all other Latin derived numerical names) * , an event… …   Wikipedia

  • biennial — (adj.) lasting for two years (1620s); occurring every two years (1750), from L. biennium two year period, from bi (see BI (Cf. bi )) + annus year (see ANNUAL (Cf. annual)). The vowel change is due to the Latin phonetic law according to which the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • biennial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) taking place every other year. Compare with BIANNUAL(Cf. ↑biannually). 2) (of a plant) taking two years to grow from seed to fruition and die. ► NOUN 1) a biennial plant. 2) an event celebrated or taking place every two years …   English terms dictionary

  • biennial — [bī en′ē əl] adj. [< L biennium, period of two years < bi , BI 1 + annus, year + AL] 1. happening every two years 2. lasting or living two years n. 1. a biennial event or occurrence 2 …   English World dictionary

  • biennial — *biannual, semiannual …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • biennial — see biannual …   Modern English usage

  • biennial — biennially, adv. /buy en ee euhl/, adj. 1. happening every two years: biennial games. 2. lasting or enduring for two years: a biennial life cycle. 3. Bot. completing its normal term of life in two years, flowering and fruiting the second year, as …   Universalium

  • biennial — [[t]baɪe̱niəl[/t]] biennials 1) ADJ: ADJ n A biennial event happens or is done once every two years. ...the biennial Commonwealth conference. 2) N COUNT A biennial is a plant that lives for two years. It flowers, produces seed, and dies in its… …   English dictionary

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