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everlasting, noun

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EnglishShow more English everlasting long-lasting, as applied to plants; here transferred to local species.
In full everlasting flower: any of several species of Helichrysum and Helipterum (family Asteraceae), bearing highly-coloured papery blooms which retain their shape and colour for a considerable time; one of these flowers; seven year bloem, seven years’ bloem, see seven year; sewejaartjie. Occasionally also with distinguishing epithet, as Cape everlasting, pink everlasting, strawberry everlasting, white everlasting, etc. Frequently in the plural, as everlastings.
[1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. 232Elichrysum Africanum...Broad leaf’d stinking African Eternal flower, with yellow heads.]
1990 Weekend Argus 10 Feb. 4On the way we would pass a Malay kramat where there were always vases of everlastings, stone jars containing strange concoctions [etc.].
any of several species of Helichrysum and Helipterum (family Asteraceae), bearing highly-coloured papery blooms which retain their shape and colour for a considerable time; one of these flowers; seven year bloem, seven years’ bloem, see seven year; sewejaartjie. Occasionally also with distinguishing epithet, as Cape everlasting, pink everlasting, strawberry everlasting, white everlasting, etc. Frequently in the plural, as everlastings.

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