from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short-lived thing.
- n. Printed matter of passing interest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. something short lived or transitory
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the ephemeral flies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An insect which lives but for a day or for a very short time; hence, any being whose existence is very brief.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
Now several things should be noted: he doesn't say all flies have four legs; he mentions a particular animal, the "ephemeron", which is most likely a species of mayfly, or
It will be a far more memorable experience than anything the ephemeron of a steroid-fuelled 100 metre dash can offer.
The question, which we're all asking, is: is this a significant and long-term change or just an ephemeron?
Attaching self-esteem so inextricably to this physical ephemeron is just all kinds of cringe-inducing from the long view, as one imagines hard-won confidence melting slowly away as rock hard abs give way to the dreaded "jelly belly" once again.
Hunt's image of Shelley as a stiffened ephemeron recalls the exquisite bodies tucked away in the ruins in the stanza I began by quoting.
Perhaps the perishing ephemeron enjoys a longer life than the tortoise.
If then women are not a swarm of ephemeron triflers, why should they be kept in ignorance under the specious name of innocence?
The insect lives and flies about until the evening, but as the sun goes down it pines away, and dies at sunset having lived just one day, from which circumstance it is called the ephemeron.
Let not the ephemeron that lights on a baby's hand generalize too rashly upon the non-growing of organisms!
It would be useless to enter into the detail of the plot of an ephemeron, that depends more upon its quips and cranks than dramatic construction for its success.