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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various shrubs of the genus Spiraea of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers and including bridal wreath, hardhack, and meadowsweet.

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  • noun Any of many flowering shrubs, of the genus Spiraea, that have clusters of white or pink flowers
  • noun The unrelated astilbe

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea; has sprays of small white or pink flowers
  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Latin spīraea, meadowsweet, from Greek speiraia, privet, from speira, coil.]

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