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2. Any of several coral trees, especially Erythrina fusca or E. poeppigiana.

[French, from feminine of immortel, immortal, from Old French; see immortal.]
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(Plants) any of various plants, mostly of the family Asteraceae (composites), that retain their colour when dried, esp Xeranthemum annuum. Also called: everlasting or everlasting flower
[C19: from French (fleur) immortelle everlasting (flower)]
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(ˌɪm ɔrˈtɛl)

everlasting (def. 7).
[< French, n. use of feminine of immortel immortal]
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Noun1.immortelle - mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowersimmortelle - mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere
everlasting, everlasting flower - any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
genus Xeranthemum - genus of annual densely hairy herbs of Mediterranean to southwestern Asia
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References in classic literature ?
All visitors linger pensively about it; all young people capture and carry away keepsakes and mementoes of it; all Parisian youths and maidens who are disappointed in love come there to bail out when they are full of tears; yea, many stricken lovers make pilgrimages to this shrine from distant provinces to weep and wail and "grit" their teeth over their heavy sorrows, and to purchase the sympathies of the chastened spirits of that tomb with offerings of immortelles and budding flowers.
Go when you will, you find it furnished with those bouquets and immortelles. Go when you will, you find a gravel-train from Marseilles arriving to supply the deficiencies caused by memento-cabbaging vandals whose affections have miscarried.
I am seeking the last resting place of those "ruffians." When I find it I shall shed some tears on it, and stack up some bouquets and immortelles, and cart away from it some gravel whereby to remember that howsoever blotted by crime their lives may have been, these ruffians did one just deed, at any rate, albeit it was not warranted by the strict letter of the law.
I wish I had my immortelles back, now, and that bunch of radishes.
"The brooding willow whispered to the yew; Beneath, the deadly nightshade and the rue, With immortelles self-woven into strange Funereal shapes, and horrid nettles grew.
It incorporates immortelle essential oil, apricot and rose hip oils and claims to give skin a texture that appears firmer as if plumped from within, according to the company.
Jasmin Immortelle Neroli combines L'Occitane's most precious flower, immortelle-prized for its anti-aging properties-with the richness of jasmine, and tempers it with the sweetness of neroli oil derived from bitter orange trees.
L'OCCITANE'S enticingly named Immortelle Serum is now in store at The Pavilions.
L'Occitane has Immortelle Divine Cream, pounds 63, a luxurious cream that is enriched with plant oils.
L'Occitane are launching two rejuvenating night treatments in October - the Very Precious Regenerating Concentrate (which targets wrinkles and firmness), pictured, and the Very Precious Brightening Concentrate (which tackles pigmentation), both made from 3,000 organic Immortelle flowers from Corsica.
For a really gentle wash, try L'Occitane's Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam.