ever green


(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.
an evergreen plant.
evergreens, evergreen twigs or branches used for decoration.

1545–55; ever + green

subevergreen, adjective
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evergreen (ˈɛvəˌɡriːn)
1.  Compare deciduous (of certain trees and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year; continually shedding and replacing leaves
2.  remaining fresh and vital
3.  an evergreen tree or shrub

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1640s, in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green. Figurative sense from 1796.
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evergreen   (ěv'ər-grēn')  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective   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   An evergreen tree, shrub, or plant, such as the pine, holly, or rhododendron.
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