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EVERLASTING

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EVERLASTING (noun)
  The noun EVERLASTING has 1 sense:

1. any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color

  Familiarity information: EVERLASTING used as a noun is very rare.


EVERLASTING (adjective)
  The adjective EVERLASTING has 2 senses:

1. continuing forever or indefinitely
2. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

  Familiarity information: EVERLASTING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EVERLASTING (noun)


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Meaning:

Any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

everlasting; everlasting flower

Hypernyms ("everlasting" is a kind of...):

composite; composite plant (considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "everlasting"):

Acroclinium roseum; pink paper daisy; pink-and-white everlasting (flower of southwestern Australia having bright pink daisylike papery flowers; grown for drying)

Anaphalis margaritacea; cottonweed; pearly everlasting (American everlasting having foliage with soft wooly hairs and corymbose heads with pearly white bracts)

cudweed (any of numerous plants of the genus Gnaphalium having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color)

golden everlasting; Helichrysum bracteatum; strawflower; yellow paper daisy (Australian plant naturalized in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold; the frequent choice of those who love dried flowers)

strawflower (any of various plants of the genus Helipterum)

cascade everlasting; Helichrysum secundiflorum; Ozothamnus secundiflorus (shrub with white woolly branches and woolly leaves having fragrant flowers forming long sprays; flowers suitable for drying; sometimes placed in genus Helichrysum)

Helipterum manglesii; rhodanthe; Rhodanthe manglesii; Swan River everlasting (Australian annual everlasting having light pink nodding flower heads; sometimes placed in genus Helipterum)

immortelle; Xeranthemum annuum (mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere)

Holonyms ("everlasting" is a member of...):

aster family; Asteraceae; Compositae; family Asteraceae; family Compositae (plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia)


EVERLASTING (adjective)


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Meaning:

Continuing forever or indefinitely

Synonyms:

unceasing; perpetual; everlasting; eternal; unending; ageless; aeonian; eonian

Context examples:

the ageless themes of love and revenge / eternal truths / life everlasting / hell's perpetual fires / the unending bliss of heaven

Similar:

lasting; permanent (continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place)


Sense 2everlasting [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Synonyms:

arrant; utter; double-dyed; sodding; staring; pure; perfect; unadulterated; everlasting; thoroughgoing; consummate; stark; complete; gross

Context examples:

an arrant fool / a complete coward / a consummate fool / a double-dyed villain / gross negligence / a perfect idiot / pure folly / what a sodding mess / stark staring mad / a thoroughgoing villain / utter nonsense / the unadulterated truth

Similar:

unmitigated (not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier)


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