from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various shrubs of the genus Spiraea of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers and including the bridal wreath, hardhack, and meadowsweet.
- n. See astilbe.
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- n. Any of many flowering shrubs, of the genus Spiraea, that have clusters of white or pink flowers
- n. The unrelated astilbe
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea; has sprays of small white or pink flowers
- n. a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming
Latin spīraea, meadowsweet, from Greek speiraia, privet, from speira, coil.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)