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an·nu·al  (ny-l)
1. Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly: an annual medical examination.
2. Of, relating to, or determined by a year: an annual income.
3. Botany Living or growing for only one year or season.
1. A periodical published yearly; a yearbook.
2. Botany A plant that completes its entire life cycle in a single growing season.

[Middle English annuel, from Old French, from Late Latin annulis, ultimately from Latin annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.]

annu·al·ly adv.

annual [ˈænjʊəl]
1. occurring, done, etc., once a year or every year; yearly an annual income
2. lasting for a year an annual subscription
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Botany) a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year Compare perennial [3] biennial [3]
2. (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) a book, magazine, etc., published once every year
[from Late Latin annuālis, from Latin annuus yearly, from annus year]
annually  adv

annual  (ny-l)
Completing a life cycle in one growing season.
An annual plant. Annuals germinate, blossom, produce seed, and die in one growing season. They are common in environments with short growing seasons. Most desert plants are annuals, germinating and flowering after rainfall. Many common weeds, wild flowers, garden flowers, and vegetables are annuals. Examples of annuals include tomatoes, corn, wheat, sunflowers, petunias, and zinnias. Compare biennialperennial

annual  /nyul/  adj. occurring every year: The annual rainfall in this area is light.
n. a yearly publication of important events, etc., from the past year: The annual of the Graphic Artist Society presents beautiful pictures and designs. -adv. annually. annual

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