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Examples of perennial in a Sentence
- The problem … is inherent and perennial in any democracy, but it has been more severe in ours during the past quarter-century because of the near universal denigration of government, politics and politicians. —Michael Kinsley, Time, 29 Oct. 2001
- The issue between science and art is of perennial interest to me, since I started off in science in college, in medicine, was headed for psychiatry, and ended up writing novels … —Walker Percy, "The State Of The Novel," 1977, in Signposts in a Strange Land, 1991
- … scientists are warning that a perennial viral threat, the upcoming flu season, could be far more dangerous than usual—more evidence that these tiny foes are responsible for a large share of human suffering. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 3 Nov. 1986
This variety of oregano is perennial.
Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
Recent Examples of perennial from the Web
This model has been a perennial fave since it was introduced all the way back in 1874.
Of course, Division 6 is home to perennial powers Ithaca and Jackson Lumen Christi, which were ranked No. 1 and No.
The Knights have work to do, though, playing host to perennial power Geneseo (4-3) and Ottawa (1-6) in conference crossover games.
On Friday, Forest Hill (5-0, 2-0) will host what’s likely the biggest game in school history as the team welcomes in perennial power Dwyer.
The plant sale features Bernheim Select, also a selection of other trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial.
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best NBA big men of all time—a 7-foot former MVP and perennial All-Star who led the Dallas Mavericks to a title in 2011.
Cool roofs are roofs that either reflect the heat back, in the sense of white roofs, or green roofs that have foliage and perennial plants.
But whatever its history, by midcentury, the cake had established itself as a perennial favorite.
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Did You Know?
Nowadays when we talk about "perennial plants," or simply "perennials" ("perennial" can be a noun, too), we mean plants that die back seasonally but produce new growth in the spring. But originally "perennial" was equivalent to "evergreen," used for plants that remain with us all year. We took this "throughout the year" sense straight from the Romans, whose Latin perennis combined "per-" ("throughout") with a form of "annus" ("year"). The poet Ovid, writing around the beginning of the first millennium, used the Latin word to refer to a "perennial spring" (water source), and the scholar Pliny used it of birds that don't migrate. Our "perennial" retains these same uses, for streams and occasionally for birds, but it has long had extended meanings, too.
Synonymsageless, continuing, dateless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, lasting, ongoing, abiding, perpetual, timeless, undying
Related Wordsceaseless, endless, permanent; changeless, constant, stable, stationary, steady, unchanging, unvarying
Near Antonymsantiquated, archaic, dated, obsolete, outdated, outmoded, out-of-date, outworn, passé
Synonym Discussion of perennial
- continual showers the whole weekend
- football's oldest continuous rivalry
- lived in constant pain
- annoyed by the incessant quarreling
- a land of perpetual snowfall
- a perennial source of controversy
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- a perennial stream
- a perennial plant
- perennial joy
- perennial flooding
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