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persistent

1. (of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of withering
2. Zoology
a. (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adult
b. continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growth
3. (of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable

persistent

[pər′sis·tənt]
(botany)
Of a leaf, withering but remaining attached to the plant during the winter.

persistent

persistent

Permanent. See persistent data, persistent name and persistent object.
References in classic literature ?
I'm persistent in wantin' to get up which ary side my larder is; don't you see, all on yer?
It's the only thing ye ever was persistent in, Lord knows
Finally Tarzan succeeded in seizing one of the most persistent of his attackers.
Let us resolve to make our government a place for what Franklin Roosevelt called "bold, persistent experimentation, a government for our tomorrows, not our yesterdays.
There the voluble mouth and bright penetrating eye are ever directed towards the Master of the household; and light itself is not more persistent than the stream of feminine discourse.
He made his four hearty meals every day, regardless of the most persistent rolling and pitching on the part of the steamer; and he played whist indefatigably, for he had found partners as enthusiastic in the game as himself.
He had never before seen a woman's lips and teeth which forced upon his mind with such persistent iteration the old Elizabethan simile of roses filled with snow.
Afterwards, if your persistent follower is hanging about, I will endeavor to talk him into a more reasonable frame of mind.
At the same time, her quickness of apprehension warned her not to risk encouraging this persistent lover, by betraying any embarrassment on her side.
But ever the persistent soil remains for others to scrawl themselves across.
A visitor at the house, a Frenchman, had succeeded by his wit, grace and persistent attention, in gaining her affections.
In some cases when people are in persistent debt, charges may be reduced or waived.