Biennium vs. Biennial - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Biennium (noun)

    A period of two years.

  • Biennial (adjective)

    Happening every two years.

  • Biennial (adjective)

    Lasting for two years.

  • Biennial (noun)

    A germinating and growing in its first year, then producing its flowers and fruit in its second year, after which it usually dies.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Biennium (noun)

    a specified period of two years

    "the budget for the next biennium"

  • Biennial (adjective)

    taking place every other year

    "the first of a series of biennial exhibitions"

  • Biennial (adjective)

    (of a plant) taking two years to grow from seed to fruition and die.

  • Biennial (noun)

    a biennial plant.

  • Biennial (noun)

    an event celebrated or taking place every two years

    "the top antiques fairs are the Milan and Florence biennials"

Webster Dictionary

  • Biennial (adjective)

    Happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election.

  • Biennial (adjective)

    Continuing for two years, and then perishing, as plants which form roots and leaves the first year, and produce fruit the second.

  • Biennial (noun)

    Something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination.

  • Biennial (noun)

    A plant which exists or lasts for two years.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Biennial (noun)

    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

  • Biennial (adjective)

    occurring every second year;

    "they met at biennial conventions"

  • Biennial (adjective)

    having a life cycle lasting two seasons;

    "a biennial life cycle"

    "parsnips and carrots are biennial plants often grown as annuals"

    "the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"

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