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biennial (adj) happening once in two years; a plant bearing flowers once in two years.

Anything that happens regularly once in two years is biennial. A biennial meeting is one held once in every two years, as is the practice with some associations or organizations. There are species of plants which put on flowers once in two years. Such plants are biennials.

  • At its biennial conference the Mathematics Association unanimously resolved to increase the frequency of the meetings to yearly and to increase the periodicity of their journal from a half-yearly to a quarterly.
  • The organization's third biennial conference had to be put off owing to a lack of proper response from the members who during the two-year period lost interest in it.
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