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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Finally, arguably, a bit of ephemera.
▪ In general, the library will not subscribe to newsletters or other ephemera without good scientific justification. 2.
▪ It is not just artistic ephemera which suffer from metal fatigue in the heat of ubiquitous exposure.
▪ It was just a feel-good song, a piece of ephemera, and Lucy was feeling surprisingly good.
▪ There are more than 2,500 volumes of pre-1800 imprint, and an extensive assemblage of maps, illustrations and ephemera.
▪ Types of material treated include books, manuscripts, maps, globes, photographs and ephemera material.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  2. The early part or springtime of life.

    His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood.

  3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.

    The palm and may make country houses gay.

    Plumes that mocked the may.

  4. The merrymaking of May Day.

    Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spir[ae]a ( Spir[ae]a hypericifolia) with many clusters of small white flowers along the slender branches.

    May apple (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant ( Podophyllum peltatum). Also, the plant itself (popularly called mandrake), which has two lobed leaves, and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.

    May beetle, May bug (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged state in May. They belong to Melolontha, and allied genera. Called also June beetle.

    May Day, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a garland, and by dancing about a May pole.

    May dew, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which magical properties were attributed.

    May flower (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its blossom. See Mayflower, in the vocabulary.

    May fly (Zo["o]l.), any species of Ephemera, and allied genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

    May game, any May-day sport.

    May lady, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.

    May lily (Bot.), the lily of the valley ( Convallaria majalis).

    May pole. See Maypole in the Vocabulary.

    May queen, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the sports of May Day.

    May thorn, the hawthorn.


Ephemera \E*phem"e*ra\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a day fly, fr. ? daily, lasting but a day; ? over + ? day.]

  1. (Med.) A fever of one day's continuance only.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of insects including the day flies, or ephemeral flies. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.


Ephemeron \E*phem"e*ron\, n.; pl. Ephemera. [NL. See Ephemera.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the ephemeral flies.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., originally a medical term, from Medieval Latin ephemera (febris) "(fever) lasting a day," from fem. of ephemerus, from Greek ephemeros "daily, for the day," also "lasting or living 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 (Modern Latin ephemera musca) and flowers; general sense of "thing of transitory existence" is first attested 1751. Compare Greek ephemeroi "men," literally "creatures of a day."


n. 1 (plural of ephemeron English) 2 transitory things 3 publications that are designed to be short-lived

  1. See ephemeron

  2. [also: ephemerae (pl)]

  1. n. an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form [syn: ephemera]

  2. [also: ephemera (pl)]

  1. n. something transitory; lasting a day

  2. an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form [syn: ephemeron]

  3. [also: ephemerae (pl)]


Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) are any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, defunct stock certificates or tickets, and zines.

Ephemera (disambiguation)

Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter.

Ephemera may also refer to:

  • Ephemera (genus), a genus of mayfly
  • Ephemera (band), an all-female Norwegian pop music group
  • Ephemera (Dungeons & Dragons) a group of creatures in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy setting
  • Ephemera (journal), a journal for theory and politics in organizations
  • Ephemera (mobile application)
Ephemera (band)

Ephemera is a Norwegian pop trio from Bergen. Formed in 1994, it consists of Christine Sandtorv, Inger-Lise Størksen and Jannicke Larsen.

Ephemera (genus)

Ephemera is a genus of mayfly in family Ephemeridae. It contains the following species:

  • Ephemera annandalei
  • Ephemera blanda
  • Ephemera brunnea
  • Ephemera compar
  • Ephemera consors
  • Ephemera danica
  • Ephemera diffusa
  • Ephemera distincta
  • Ephemera duporti
  • Ephemera expectans
  • Ephemera formosana
  • Ephemera fulvata
  • Ephemera glaucops
  • Ephemera guttulata
  • Ephemera hainanensis
  • Ephemera hasalakensis
  • Ephemera hellenica
  • Ephemera hongjiangensis
  • Ephemera immaculata
  • Ephemera jianfengensis
  • Ephemera kirinensis
  • Ephemera lankensis
  • Ephemera lineata
  • Ephemera mccaffertyi
  • Ephemera mooiana
  • Ephemera nadinae
  • Ephemera nathani
  • Ephemera orientalis
  • Ephemera parnassiana
  • Ephemera postica
  • Ephemera pramodi
  • Ephemera pulcherrima
  • Ephemera purpurata
  • Ephemera remensa
  • Ephemera romantzovi
  • Ephemera rufomaculata
  • Ephemera sachalinensis
  • Ephemera sauteri
  • Ephemera serica
  • Ephemera simulans
  • Ephemera soanica
  • Ephemera spilosa
  • Ephemera supposita
  • Ephemera transbajkalica
  • Ephemera traverae
  • Ephemera varia
  • Ephemera vulgata
  • Ephemera wanquanensis
  • Ephemera wuchowensis
  • Ephemera yaoshani
  • Ephemera zettana

Usage examples of "ephemera".

Now, with the Eater contained and virtually forgotten, the shifting worlds of Ephemera have been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers.

Eater of the World set free in Ephemera, that this thing they fear cannot be destroyed completely because It was manifested from the darkest desires of their own hearts?

How can we tell them that, even with our guidance and intervention, the link between Ephemera and the human heart is unbreakable, and the world around them is nothing more or less than a reflection of themselves?

It is especially true for Landscapers, because we are the sieve through which Ephemera manifests what is reflected in all those hearts.

Whatever Glorianna could coax Ephemera into manifesting within that garden was all the world the girl would know.

But long ago, Ephemera had harnessed itself to the human heart, and it constantly made and remade itself in response to those hearts.

Its glee in having tricked Ephemera into giving up a piece of itself, no matter how small, It reshaped the ground to provide an access point into one of Its own landscapes.

We came from lands all across Ephemera to fight the Eater of the World, but now that the world has become a confusion of shuffled, broken pieces, we can no longer find the places we called home.

And we will nurture the hope of someday restoring our world by protecting Ephemera from the human heart.

The Den was filled with the same powerful resonance that had given Ephemera the strength to resist reshaping more than a small anchor point in that other dark, demon landscape.

But despite the power you and the others will ham to wield for the good of Ephemera, you are all, in many ways, still children.

Landscapers to break the world into pieces was once more free to unfurl Its full power and turn Ephemera into a nightmarish hunting ground.

It was a feeling that went through her whenever Ephemera intervened to stop her from doing something that went against some primal knowledge that lived within her heart.

And like you, the wizards decided she was a danger to Ephemera and sealed her into her garden at the school, using their magic to create boundaries in the landscapes she had access to in order to isolate her in a kind of living death.

Landscapers alike, and certainly a danger to Ephemera, but only for the past fifteen years.