Love for Words — Ephemeral

October 17, 2013

___  Ephemeral [ihˈFEM eruhl] derives from the Greek word ephēmeros  that means lasting only a day.

The Word English Dictionary defines “ephemeral” as:
1. lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure
2. a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
3. a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months

Certain insects, like mayflys, are ephemeral. Once they reach adult form they last only a few hours to a few days.

Ephemeral flora, like Trillium, sprout quickly and die back to their place in the ground after a short lifepan.

As for humans, they might have an ephemeral experience, like a fleeting love affair or fifteen minutes of fame. Ephemeral experiences tend to be memorable and to inspire emotions — good or bad — that last.

What experiences have you had that seemed ephemeral?


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