1. Lasting forever; eternal.
a. Continuing indefinitely or for a long period of time.
b. Persisting too long; tedious: everlasting complaints.
1. Everlasting God. Used with the.
2. Eternal duration; eternity.
3. Any of various plants chiefly in the composite family, such as the strawflower, that retain their form and color long after they are dry. Also called immortelle.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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