Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various papery flowers, often dried and used as decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant with a conspicuous, dry, unwithering involucre, as the species of Antennaria, Helichrysum, Gomphrena, etc. See everlasting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of the flowers commonly called everlasting, or a wreath made of such flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere

Etymologies

French, from feminine of immortel, immortal, from Old French; see immortal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (fleur) immortelle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • As I wore it, what I later came to know as immortelle became bewitching: alternating between toasty caramel and deep, peaty smoky scotch.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • The pumpkin is discernible and fleshy and the immortelle is a whisper.

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog

  • 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.

    Ardath

  • 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.

    Washington Tremlett Clove Absolute: Perfume Review

  • 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.

    Washington Tremlett Clove Absolute: Perfume Review

  • 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,...

    Andy Tauer Une Rose Chypre: Perfume Review and a Prize Draw

  • The essential oil of immortelle is rarely used in perfumery because of its extremely high cost.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • 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.

    Divine L’être Aimé Homme et Femme: Perfume Review

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