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bridal wreath

any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, especially S. prunifolia, having finely toothed ovate leaves and sprays of small white flowers.
Origin of bridal wreath
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The bridal wreath is sullied by the incense which rises round it.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • Athalie brought out the bridal wreath, and tried it on Timéa's head.

  • Some are as red as a drop of blood, and some as white as a bridal wreath.

  • “The bridal wreath and snowballs make it look like a wedding was expected in there,” she declared.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Orange blossoms or other white flowers and maiden blush roses should form the bridal wreath and bouquet.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young
  • The young man went in, and perched himself on the window-sill beside a pot of bridal wreath.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • She had not waited for my presence, because she knew the bridal wreath woven for her would recall the blighted bloom of mine.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • They soon returned; and each of the damsels about to be betrothed had put on the bridal wreath belonging to her mother.

  • On her head she wore a bridal wreath and veil—the former of jewels, the latter falling round her like a cloud of mist.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • The bridal wreath is always of myrtle, not orange blossom, and the bride and bridegroom exchange rings.

British Dictionary definitions for bridal wreath

bridal wreath

any of several N temperate rosaceous shrubs of the genus Spiraea, esp S. prunifolia, cultivated for their sprays of small white flowers
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