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[med-oh-sweet] /ˈmɛd oʊˌswit/
any plant belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, especially S. latifolia, having white or pink flowers.
any plant of the closely related genus Filipendula (or Ulmaria).
Origin of meadowsweet
First recorded in 1520-30; meadow + sweet Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And there is meadowsweet at the edge of the streams, and cattle.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Their eyes sparkled like dew on meadowsweet on a fair morning.

    Devil Stories Various
  • However, for the sake of his meadowsweet and his spring-green binding this must be forgiven him.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • Mrs. meadowsweet often said that there were rings and rings.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • "You're just the person I'm glad to see, my dear," said Mrs. meadowsweet.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Mrs. meadowsweet, meanwhile, was having a somewhat exciting time.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Mrs. meadowsweet was, of course, like wax in the hands of her daughter.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Mrs. meadowsweet had the smoothest and most tranquil of faces.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • The house Mrs. meadowsweet lived in fitted her requirements to perfection.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Mrs. meadowsweet smoothed down the front of her black satin dress.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for meadowsweet


a Eurasian rosaceous plant, Filipendula ulmaria, with dense heads of small fragrant cream-coloured flowers See also dropwort (sense 1)
any of several North American rosaceous plants of the genus Spiraea, having pyramid-shaped sprays of small flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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