One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several cudweeds and similar plants of the family Asteraceae (Compositae) with everlasting flowers; especially pearly everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist. From life + everlasting.
life-everlasting/ˌlʌɪf ɛvəˈlastɪŋ//ˌlʌɪf ɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ/
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