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biennial (bi-EN-ee-uhl) adjective
1. Happening every two years.
2. Lasting two years.
3. Taking two years to complete its life cycle.
1. An event occurring once in two years.
2. A plant that takes two years to complete its life cycle, such as beet and carrot.
[From biennium (a two-year period), from Latin bi- (two) + annus (year).]
"Qatar is known nowadays chiefly as home of al-Jazeera, Osama bin Laden's favourite television station. But next weekend the Gulf state will host hundreds of trade ministers and officials at the biennial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)." A Deal at Doha?, The Economist (London), Nov 3, 2001.
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