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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERENNIAL

Bacon and greens and her perennial tea were good enough for her.

And for art-lovers, what perennial beauty of an antique art is here.

There is no sere and yellow leaf here—fruits and flowers are perennial.

Seed-time and harvest are perennial on these peculiar islands.

But for her son it still had all the misery of perennial newness.

Its influence is well nigh universal, and its benefits are perennial.

It is of perennial value, as truly applicable today as when first spoken.

The temper exhibited here will probably be perennial in the world.

The perennial garden was flourishing, and there was nothing to do.

The yard was only big enough for the perennial rubbish heap.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "evergreen," formed in English from Latin perennis "lasting through the year (or years)," from per- "through" (see per) + annus "year" (see annual). Botanical sense of "Remaining alive through a number of years" is attested from 1670s; figurative meaning of "enduring, permanent" is from 1750. Related: Perennially. For vowel change, see biennial. The noun meaning "a perennial plant" is from 1763.

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