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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.]


(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)]


(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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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.
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.
Having nearly lost Queen Victoria's colours at Isandlwana just before Rorke's Drift, and then recovering them, and then being presented with the Wreath of Immortelles, the colours are hugely iconic.
beaucoup moins que] Personne ne peut oublier ses &oelig;uvres qui demeurent immortelles.
Ce rendez-vous annuel mettra a l'honneur les voix emblematiques et les oeuvres immortelles du repertoire authentique mondial dans la ville des vents et des arts, Essaouira.
Back at Tanners, try the "Burgundian" Domaine de la Rectorie Collioure and the intense Mas de la Serame Clos des Immortelles.
Si vides que soient ces tombes de restes de depouilles mortelles ou d'ames immortelles identifiables, elles n'en sont pas moins saturees d'un imaginaire spectral national .
dialect / And the immortelles of perfect pitch / And that moment when
Placed diagonally across the arrangement were the words 'Latest Edition' in purple immortelles, surrounded by white carnations.