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bahy e nee uhl

  • n  (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
  • a  having a life cycle lasting two seasons
    a biennial life cycle
    parsnips and carrots are biennial plants often grown as annuals
  • s  occurring every second year
    they met at biennial conventions

  • Premier Poincar's plan for a biennial budget passed the Chamber of Deputies.
  • In the calendar of anniversaries, somewhere between Christmas (an annual) and Halley's comet (a demisesquicentennial), there is the biennial.
  • The biennial conference is increased in importance by the merging of the two bodies.
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  • Jodi Rell in Washington Post
    The Democrats in the Legislature have not passed a biennial budget -- yet they have approved a new, $1 billion spending program without providing a way to pay for it,Rell said in a statement.
  • Louis Gallois in
    We will see another order for the A350, maybe before Le Bourget (the site of the biennial show),Airbus President Louis Gallois told reporters late on Monday.
  • Paula Creamer in Beaver County Times
    She's a good player,said Paula Creamer, a 23-year-old LPGA star who turned pro when she was 18. "Actually, I captained her in the Spirit Cup (a biennial international amateur event) last year, so I got to watch her game a bit. She seems...

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