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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Bi*en"ni*al
  1. Happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election.
  2. [Bot] Continuing for two years, and then perishing, as plants which form roots and leaves the first year, and produce fruit the second.

Etymology: L. biennalis and biennis, fr. biennium a space of two years; bis twice + annus year. Cf. Annual

noun Bi*en"ni*al
  1. Something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination.
  2. [Bot] A plant which exists or lasts for two years.
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  1. (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
  2. Having a life cycle lasting two seasons ("a biennial life cycle" and "parsnips and carrots are biennial plants often grown as annuals")
  3. Occurring every second year ("they met at biennial conventions")

From Latin biennium (“two-year period”), from bis (“two”) + annus (“year”); equivalent to bi- +‎ -ennial.

  1. A plant that requires two years to complete its life-cycle, germinating and growing in its first year, then producing its flowers and fruit in its second year, after which it usually dies.

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Past life for Biennial born May 6, 2011

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Borneo approximately on 1550. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.