biennial


biennial
biennially, adv.
/buy en"ee euhl/, adj.
1. happening every two years: biennial games.
2. lasting or enduring for two years: a biennial life cycle.
3. Bot. completing its normal term of life in two years, flowering and fruiting the second year, as beets or winter wheat.
n.
4. any event occurring once in two years.
5. Bot. a biennial plant.
Also, biyearly (for defs. 1, 2).
[1615-25; BIENNI(UM) + -AL1]
Usage. See bi-1.

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Any plant that completes its life cycle in two growing seasons.

During the first growing season biennials produce roots, stems, and leaves; during the second they produce flowers, fruits, and seeds, and then die. Sugar beets and carrots are examples of biennials. See also annual, perennial.

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plant
      Any plant that completes its life cycle in two growing seasons (growing season). During the first growing season biennials produce roots, stems, and leaves; during the second they produce flowers, fruits, and seeds, and then die. Sugar beets and carrots (carrot) are examples of biennials. See also annual, perennial.

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