Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See hardhack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Spiraea tomentosa, a plant with narrow pyramidal clusters of flowers and a dense woolly tomentum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hardhack; also, Spiræa salicifolia. See Spiræa.

Etymologies

steeple +‎ bush (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • is that supposed to be now, or does ow have a particular definition there? Obsolete spelling of oh?

    July 23, 2013

  • "Steeplebush flourished by some other name, lost ow, long before there were steeples."
    "Neon" by Carl Phillips, in Silverchest (p 24)

    July 22, 2013