American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants, such as species of the genera Helichrysum, Xeranthemum, and Erythrina, having flowers that retain their shape and color when dried.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of the flowers commonly called everlasting, or a wreath made of such flowers. From their papery texture, these flowers retain their natural color and appearance after drying, and are therefore much used for wreaths for graves, or dyed of other colors for ornamental purposes. See
everlasting, n., 3.
- n. Any of various papery flowers, often dried and used as decoration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant with a conspicuous, dry, unwithering involucre, as the species of Antennaria, Helichrysum, Gomphrena, etc. See everlasting.
- n. mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere
- From French (fleur) immortelle. (Wiktionary)
- French, from feminine of immortel, immortal, from Old French; see immortal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A milder form of sorrow finds its inexpensive and lasting remembrancer in the coarse and ugly but indestructible 'immortelle' -- which is a wreath or cross or some such emblem, made of rosettes of black linen, with sometimes a yellow rosette at the conjunction of the cross's bars -- kind of sorrowful breast-pin, so to say.”
“As I wore it, what I later came to know as immortelle became bewitching: alternating between toasty caramel and deep, peaty smoky scotch.”
“The pumpkin is discernible and fleshy and the immortelle is a whisper.”
“Delicately and gradually its pressed petals expanded, .. its golden corolla brightened in hue, .. a subtle, sweet odor permeated the air, .. and soon the angelic "immortelle" of the Field of Ardath shone wondrously as a white star in the quiet room.”
“What isn't listed is immortelle, but if it's not in there then the clove, patch and vanilla serve to do a damned fine imitation.”
“For the phobic this doesn't translate to Sables, who some find life-threateningly cloying- the imitation immortelle along with the thoroughgoing clove just makes one want to lean in and sniff.”
“One whiff of this bring me back to the memory of my grandmother's garden, in which she planted rose, rosemary, immortelle, and few other spices,...”
“The essential oil of immortelle is rarely used in perfumery because of its extremely high cost.”
“To me neither, but I am glad that it is not "an obvious Lutens perfume", i.e not oriental, not all base notes and does not have immortelle.”
“Yes, everlasting flower is immortelle helichrysium, and if you've smelled Dior's Eau Noir, then you've smelled the brown-sugar candy of immortelle.”
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