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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 ?
She was no longer able to juggle with several ideas, but must deal with the most persistent, and a kind of melancholy replaced her excitement.
Heaven knows, unless it is that the persistent clicking of that unfathomable enigma out there in the vast silences of the Sahara has so wrought upon my nerves that reason refuses longer to function sanely.
This was the first suspicious occurrence that Tarzan had ever witnessed in connection with Gernois' actions, but he was positive that the men had left the barroom solely because Gernois had caught Tarzan's eyes upon them; then there was the persistent impression of familiarity about the stranger to further augment the ape-man's belief that here at length was something which would bear watching.
Afterwards, if your persistent follower is hanging about, I will endeavor to talk him into a more reasonable frame of mind.
You see, he was a persistent chap, and hated to acknowledge defeat.
In spite of the unlimited selling, his persistent buying compelled Ward Valley steadily to rise, and as Thursday approached, the situation became acute.
And Jerry, desisting a moment to listen, heard Michael beside her, barking his challenge, and saw, without being conscious of it, Michael's withered ear with its persistent upward cock.
My stomach used to quail within me, in those times, when the tureen was taken off and the inevitable gravy-soup smell renewed its daily acquaintance with my nostrils, and warned me of the persistent eatable formalities that were certain to follow.
At the same time, her quickness of apprehension warned her not to risk encouraging this persistent lover, by betraying any embarrassment on her side.
Dorothy and Toto and the shaggy man came to a halt before the little boy, who kept on digging in a sober and persistent fashion.
He smiled indulgently, concealing a hurt, not altogether new, at her persistent inappreciation of this side of his nature and life in which he took the greatest pride.
But ever the persistent soil remains for others to scrawl themselves across.