Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Biennial
 
Pronunciation: \bī-ˈe-nē-əl\
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) occurring every second year
2) having a life cycle lasting two seasons
3) an event that occurs every two years
4) (botany) 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
 
Etymology: Early 17th century: from Latin biennis (from bi- ‘twice’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.
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Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Hypogeal
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) underground; subterranean
 
2) occurring or living below the surface of the ground
 
3) botany of or relating to seed germination in which the cotyledons remain below the ground, because of the growth of the epicotyl