from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woody vine of the genus Celastrus, especially the North American species C. scandens and the eastern Asian species C. orbiculata, having small, round, yellow-orange fruits that open at maturity to expose red seeds. Also called staff tree.
- n. See bittersweet nightshade.
- n. A dark to deep reddish orange.
- adj. Bitter and sweet at the same time: bittersweet chocolate.
- adj. Producing or expressing a mixture of pain and pleasure: a movie with a bittersweet ending.
- adj. Dark to deep reddish-orange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Both bitter and sweet.
- adj. Expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure.
- n. A vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds.
- n. The bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
- n. A variety of apple with a bittersweet taste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sweet and then bitter or bitter and then sweet; esp. sweet with a bitter after taste; hence (Fig.), pleasant but painful.
- n. Anything which is bittersweet.
- n. A kind of apple so called.
- n. A climbing shrub, with oval coral-red berries (Solanum dulcamara); woody nightshade. The whole plant is poisonous, and has a taste at first sweetish and then bitter. The branches are the officinal dulcamara.
- n. An American woody climber (Celastrus scandens), whose yellow capsules open late in autumn, and disclose the red aril which covers the seeds; -- also called Roxbury waxwork.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Uniting bitterness and sweetness; pleasant and painful at the same time.
- n. That which is both bitter and sweet: as, the bitter-sweet of life.
- n. The woody nightshade, Solanum Dulcamara, a trailing plant, native of Europe and Asia, and naturalized in the United States.
- n. Same as bitter-sweeting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tinged with sadness
- adj. having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
- n. poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America
- n. twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
After its roots, which are said to taste bitter, then sweet when chewed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bitter + sweet. (Wiktionary)