Ephemeral 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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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ephemeral — adjective last year s ephemeral fashions Syn: transitory, transient, fleeting, passing, short lived, momentary, brief, short; temporary, impermanent, short term; fly by night See note at temporary Ant: permanent …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • fly-by-night — I noun a debtor who flees to avoid paying • Hypernyms: ↑debtor, ↑debitor II adjective 1. (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous a shady operation • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ephemeral — Synonyms and related words: brief, brittle, capricious, changeable, corruptible, deciduous, dying, episodic, evanescent, evergreen, fading, fickle, fleeting, flitting, fly by night, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, half hardy, hardy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fly-by-night — Synonyms and related words: brittle, capricious, changeable, corruptible, deciduous, dying, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, fickle, fleeting, flitting, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fly-by-night — adj 1. unreliable, irresponsible, unstable, unsteady, inconstant; disreputable, discreditable, dishonorable; shifty, shady, sharp, jackleg, dishonest, crooked. 2. brief, momentary, transitory, ephemeral, shortlived; impermanent, not lasting, like …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • day 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • May fly — May May, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.] 1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty one days. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. The early part or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • day fly — adj. ephemeral, lasting only a day; short lived …   English contemporary dictionary

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