One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Living a long time.‘longevous species’
elderly, mature, aged, older, senior, advanced in years, up in years, getting onView synonyms
- ‘Pathogens evolve at a higher rate than humans, or other large, longevous animals.’
- ‘It was only when the old emperor proved more longevous and the Crown Prince was already fatally stricken with cancer of the larynx that attention came to focus on young Prince Wilhelm.’
- ‘For a long while, only Elizabeth Bishop appeared to be judged worthy of succeeding the longevous Miss Moore.’
- ‘Longevous people as a rule were all married.’
- ‘According to Bell's data, longevous parents add as much as twenty years to the average life span of their offspring.’
Late 17th century: from Latin longaevus, from longus ‘long’ + aevum ‘age’.
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