sewejaartjie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also zevenjaartje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch zevenjaartje), sewe seven + jaar year + diminutive suffix -ie.
everlasting.
1847 [see everlasting].
1910 J. Runcie Idylls by Two Oceans 8The eyes of the Zevenjaartjes Were full of the sun’s white glare.
1945 F.C. Slater New Centenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse 230Zevenzjaartjes, Plants known as ‘Everlastings’; species of Helichrysum and Helipterum (Compositae).
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 72An overwhelming majority favoured the sewejaartjie, the white everlasting that grows most abundantly on the mountain slopes round Elim.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 415Sewejaartjie, A general name for almost all species of Helichrysum and Helipterum, especially the more showy and larger-headed species.
1983 M. Du Plessis State of Fear 110On the ride home through the reserve we saw sewejaartjies, the sheen on their papery flowers.
1986 Motorist 3rd Quarter 29The everlasting flowers — called ‘sewejaartjies’ — have a shorter life in the unhospitable poort.
everlasting.
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