Ephemera

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

May \May\, noun [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.]

1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. --Chaucer.

2. The early part or springtime of life.

His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak.

3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.

The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash.

Plumes that mocked the may. --Tennyson.

4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.

{Italian may} (Bot.), a shrubby species of {Spiraea} ({Spiraea hypericifolia}) with many clusters of small white flowers along the slender branches.

{May apple} (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant ({Podophyllum peltatum}). Also, the plant itself (popularly called {mandrake}), which has two lobed leaves, and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.

{May beetle}, {May bug} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged state in May. They belong to {Melolontha}, and allied genera. Called also {June beetle}.

{May Day}, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a garland, and by dancing about a May pole.

{May dew}, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which magical properties were attributed.

{May flower} (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its blossom. See {Mayflower}, in the vocabulary.

{May fly} (Zool.), any species of {Ephemera}, and allied genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many species appear in May. See {Ephemeral fly}, under {Ephemeral}.

{May game}, any May-day sport.

{May lady}, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.

{May lily} (Bot.), the lily of the valley ({Convallaria majalis}).

{May pole}. See {Maypole} in the Vocabulary.

{May queen}, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the sports of May Day.

{May thorn}, the hawthorn.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ephemera \E*phem"e*ra\, noun [NL., fr. Gr. ? a day fly, fr. ? daily, lasting but a day; ? over + ? day.]

1. (Med.) A fever of one day's continuance only.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of insects including the day flies, or ephemeral flies. See {Ephemeral fly}, under {Ephemeral}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ephemeron \E*phem"e*ron\, noun; pl. {Ephemera}. [NL. See {Ephemera}.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the ephemeral flies.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ephemera

noun

1: something transitory; lasting a day


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