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BIENNIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does biennial mean? 

BIENNIAL (noun)
  The noun BIENNIAL has 1 sense:

1. a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season

  Familiarity information: BIENNIAL used as a noun is very rare.


BIENNIAL (adjective)
  The adjective BIENNIAL has 2 senses:

1. occurring every second year
2. having a life cycle lasting two seasons

  Familiarity information: BIENNIAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BIENNIAL (noun)


Sense 1biennial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("biennial" is a kind of...):

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)


BIENNIAL (adjective)


Sense 1biennial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring every second year

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

biennial; biyearly

Context example:

they met at biennial conventions

Pertainym:

year (a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days)


Sense 2biennial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a life cycle lasting two seasons

Synonyms:

two-year; biennial

Context examples:

a biennial life cycle / parsnips and carrots are biennial plants often grown as annuals

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)

Antonym:

annual (completing its life cycle within a year)

perennial (lasting three seasons or more)


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