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 for ephemeral
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ephemeral \E*phem"er*al\, a.
     1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer
        than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
        "Ephemeral popularity." --V. Knox.
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              Sentences not of ephemeral, but of eternal,
              efficacy.                             --Sir J.
        [1913 Webster]
     Ephemeral fly (Zo["o]l.), one of a group of neuropterous
        insects, belonging to the genus Ephemera and many allied
        genera, which live in the adult or winged state only for a
        short time. The larv[ae] are aquatic; -- called also day
        fly and May fly.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ephemeral \E*phem"er*al\, n.
     Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral
     plant, insect, etc.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of
             childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient
             beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal";
             "fugacious blossoms" [syn: ephemeral, passing,
             short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious]
      n 1: anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a
           day in its winged form [syn: ephemeron, ephemeral]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "ephemeral":
     brief, brittle, capricious, changeable, corruptible, deciduous,
     dying, episodic, evanescent, evergreen, fading, fickle, fleeting,
     flitting, fly-by-night, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious,
     fugitive, half-hardy, hardy, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive,
     inconstant, insubstantial, momentary, mortal, mutable, nondurable,
     nonpermanent, passing, perennial, perishable, short, short-lived,
     subject to death, temporal, temporary, transient, transitive,
     transitory, undurable, unenduring, unstable, volatile

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