• WordNet 3.6
    • n immortelle mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Immortelle (Bot) A plant with a conspicuous, dry, unwithering involucre, as the species of Antennaria Helichrysum Gomphrena, etc. See Everlasting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n immortelle 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Immortelle im-mor-tel′ any one of the flowers commonly called everlasting.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Immortal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. (fleur) immortelle, immortal (flower).


In literature:

I stumble about among the iron crosses and the graves, and displace in my confusion wreaths of immortelles and fresher flowers.
"A Stable for Nightmares" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Our trees, being all seedlings, were in a degree, immortelles.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The crown of immortelles, often laid but on a tomb, was continually pressed upon her brow.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
The immortelles have not had time to fade.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
And heaven itself would drop down heavenly immortelles to mix with our laurel leaves to crown your forehead.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
The design on the monument was of a girl hanging an immortelle upon a cross.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Inside sat John, clad in blue velvet, with a bouquet of immortelles in his hand and a scarf bound round his arm.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Out here in the West they call it an 'immortelle.
"The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold" by Margaret Vandercook
Crowns of immortelles always lay at the feet of this statue.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe
But the immortelle is the real thing.
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe
Must immortelles of this common and saddening mortality be laid on his unlocated grave?
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
These were Madame du Chatelet, Voltaire's "Immortelle Emilie:" and Madame d'Houdetot, the Doris of Saint-Lambert.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)" by Anna Jameson
Lady Sarah bought a great bunch of violets, and two yellow garlands made of dried immortelles.
"Old Kensington" by Miss Thackeray
Paine's portrait, just painted in England by Romney and engraved by Sharpe, was in every cottage, framed in immortelles.
"The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. I. (of II)" by Moncure Daniel Conway
Wreaths of immortelles always lay at the foot of this statue.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
The frame was wreathed with immortelles.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Immortelles are bleached paper white on sandy hills.
"Minstrel Weather" by Marian Storm
The roses, which are stuck on with glue, are red or white immortelles, and the whole effect is just what you are trying for.
"Wings and the Child" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
His portrait, painted by Romney and engraved by Sharp, was in every cottage, framed in immortelles.
"Thomas Paine, The Apostle of Liberty" by John E. Remsburg
The only flowers were a few late pinks, daisies, and immortelles.
"The Fairy Ring" by Various

In poetry:

Gray salt-bush grimmer made the desolation—
Like mocking immortelles
Strewn on the graveyard of a perished nation
Whose name no record tells.
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
Cold and yet kind was the nurse's breast;
Cold fell the rain on the babe at rest;
Pale was his face as an immortelle,
Old Mother Doorstep had nursed him well.
"Mother Doorstep" by Victor James Daley
Then she dropped a ringlet of immortelles into his grave,
Then took one last fond look, and in sorrow did leave;
And all the people left with sad hearts that day,
And that ended the Gilfillan burial in the Hill o' Balgay.
"The Burial of the Reverend Gilfillan" by William Topaz McGonagall
THE dirge is played, the throbbing death-peal rung,
The sad-voiced requiem sung;
On each white urn where memory dwells
The wreath of rustling immortelles
Our loving hands have hung,
And balmiest leaves have strown and tenderest blossoms flung.
"H. C. M. H. S. J. K. W." by Oliver Wendell Holmes