One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Recurring every seven years.
- ‘The breaks would be largely funded by workers saving part of their salary so they can enjoy the septennial sabbatical.’
- 1.1 Lasting for or relating to a period of seven years.
- ‘He said people generally say that Karvy is a septennial plant that is it flowers every seven years.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin septennis (from Latin septem ‘seven’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.
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