- any plant of the genus Astilbe, of the saxifrage family, having spirelike clusters of small white, pink, or reddish flowers.
Origin of astilbe
1825; < New Latin, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek stilbḗ, feminine of stilbós glittering
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- any perennial saxifragaceous plant of the genus Astilbe of E Asia and North America: cultivated for their ornamental spikes or panicles of pink or white flowers
C19: New Latin, from Greek: not glittering, from a- 1 + stilbē, from stilbein to glitter; referring to its inconspicuous individual flowers
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