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evergreen

[ev-er-green]
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adjective
  1. (of trees, shrubs, etc.) having green leaves throughout the entire year, the leaves of the past season not being shed until after the new foliage has been completely formed.
  2. retaining its relevance, popularity, usefulness, etc.; enduring: Some toys are evergreen favorites.
  3. Law. (of a contract or contract clause) specifying automatic renewal at the end of the term.
noun
  1. an evergreen plant.
  2. evergreens, evergreen twigs or branches used for decoration.
  3. something that is evergreen, or enduringly fresh: The paper publishes decorating tips or other archived evergreens on slow news days.

Origin of evergreen

First recorded in 1545–55; ever + green
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British Dictionary definitions for evergreen

evergreen

adjective
  1. (of certain trees and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year; continually shedding and replacing leavesCompare deciduous
  2. remaining fresh and vital
noun
  1. an evergreen tree or shrub
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for evergreen

n.

1640s in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green (adj.). From 1660s as an adjective. Figurative sense from 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

evergreen in Science

evergreen

[ĕvər-grēn′]
Adjective
  1. Having green leaves or needles all year. Evergreen trees lose their leaves individually on an ongoing basis, rather than losing all of them in a short period at the end of a growing season in the manner of deciduous trees. Compare deciduous.
Noun
  1. An evergreen tree, shrub, or plant, such as the pine, holly, or rhododendron.
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