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hardhack

[hahrd-hak]
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noun
  1. a woolly-leaved North American shrub, Spiraea tomentosa, of the rose family, having short, spikelike clusters of rose-colored flowers.
  2. shrubby cinquefoil.

Origin of hardhack

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; hard + hack1
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Examples from the Web for hardhack

Historical Examples

  • It is known as ironwood, hop-hornbeam, leverwood, and hardhack.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • I told him the story of Haggerton, and Mrs. Hardhack's management in the case.

    Woman in Prison

    Caroline H. Woods

  • When she saw me standing by the Deputy, she asked me where Hardhack and Thingsly were.

    Woman in Prison

    Caroline H. Woods

  • That evening Mrs. Hardhack told me they were determined to break Callahan's temper.

    Woman in Prison

    Caroline H. Woods

  • Only think what that miserable Hardhack has made me suffer in solitary.

    Woman in Prison

    Caroline H. Woods


British Dictionary definitions for hardhack

hardhack

noun
  1. a woody North American rosaceous plant, Spiraea tomentosa, with downy leaves and tapering clusters of small pink or white flowersAlso called: steeplebush
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