Everlastings


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Everlastings

 

(also immortelles), plants of several genera (Helichrysum, Helipterum, and others) of the family Compositae. The flower calathides of everlastings are surrounded by brightly colored membranous or filmy leaflets that do not change color or shape when dried. They are used as long-lived winter bouquets, wreaths, and garlands. The most common genus, Helichrysum, consists of about 500 species in the hot and temperate zones of Europe and Asia, and especially in South Africa and Australia; in the USSR there are more than 15 species. An infusion, a liquid extract, and a dry concentrate of the incompletely opened calathides of the sandy everlasting are used as a choleretic in inflammations of the gall bladder and liver; it is used in a choleretic tea. Many species of Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, and Xeranthemum are widespread in floriculture. The last has six species in the Mediterranean regions and five in the USSR, including X. annuum (southern USSR). Other common everlastings are Ammobium (cultivated, A. alatum) and Helipterum, which contains about 60 species in South Africa, Australia, on the island of Tasmania (cultivated, H. manglesii, or Rhodanthe manglesii, and H. roseum, or Acroclinium roseum).

O. M. POLETIKO

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But Zeus, whose wisdom is everlasting, saw and failed not to perceive the trick, and in his heart he thought mischief against mortal men which also was to be fulfilled.
Carlyle has learned to repudiate, and he would have others repudiate, 'The Everlasting No,' the materialistic attitude of unfaith in God and the spiritual world, and he proclaims 'The Everlasting Yea,' wherein are affirmed, the significance of life as a means of developing character and the necessity of accepting life and its requirements with manly self-reliance and moral energy.
However, it is time to get on," he added, and, stepping off the raft, he looked up at the sky to which Pierre had pointed, and for the first time since Austerlitz saw that high, everlasting sky he had seen while lying on that battlefield; and something that had long been slumbering, something that was best within him, suddenly awoke, joyful and youthful, in his soul.
Come home, now," he cried, "an' stop yer jawin', er I'll lam the everlasting head off yehs.