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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: perennis, from per- 'through' + annus 'year'

perennial

1 adjective
     
pe‧ren‧ni‧al1
1 continuing or existing for a long time, or happening again and again:
Lack of resources has been a perennial problem since the beginning.
Teddy bears are a perennial favorite with children.
2HBP a plant that is perennial lives for more than two years [↪ annual]
perennially adverb
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