ephemera

[ ih-fem-er-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF ephemera
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The Ephemera is the fly which is born but to die, living a single hour of love.

The Ephemera and probably the other Neuroptera have abdominal spiracles.

The cut represents the circulation in the vessels of the larva of an Ephemera.

That was it—as indifferent as we could be to the struggle of an ephemera; and as mildly curious.

Near the water side I caught an Ephemera, of which I made a drawing and description.

It was so indistinct as to remain only among the ephemera of my fancy.

Let them be as ephemera—to last an hour, and not be regretted when gone.

Well, what do you, the latest of the ephemera, want with fame?

At the spot of our encampment, as soon as the shades of night closed in, we were visited by hordes of ephemera.

Sometimes he glanced over the magazines and newspapers to see how “Ephemera” was being maltreated.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., originally a medical term, from Medieval Latin ephemera (febris) "(fever) lasting a day," from fem. of ephemerus, from Greek ephemeros "lasting only one day, short-lived," from epi "on" (see epi-) + hemerai, dative of hemera "day," from PIE *amer- "day."

Sense extended 17c. to short-lived insects and flowers; general sense of "thing of transitory existence" is first attested 1751. Cf. Greek ephemeroi "men," literally "creatures of a day."

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