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e·phem·er·al  audio  (-fmr-l) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
  2. Living or lasting only for a day, as certain plants or insects do.
NOUN:
A markedly short-lived thing.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ephmeros : ep-, epi-, epi- + hmer, day

OTHER FORMS:
e·phemer·ali·ty or e·phemer·al·ness(Noun), e·phemer·al·ly(Adverb)


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