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[spahy-ree-uh] /spaɪˈri ə/


or spiraea

[spahy-ree-uh] /spaɪˈri ə/
any of various plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, having clusters of small, white or pink flowers, certain species of which are cultivated as ornamentals.
Origin of spirea
1660-70; < New Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spiraea
Historical Examples
  • She said it, thanked me, and asked me to come and help her water the spiraea.

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • In the middle of the table stood a spiraea, a most handsome and graceful plant.

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • Through the rusty screen of the back parlor window one viewed the spiraea, still in need of spraying.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The spiraea was just putting out its long, feathery plumes of white, and the lilacs nodded white and purple in the breeze.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • This rose and three species of spiraea fairly fill the air with fragrance after a shower.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • spiraea Aruncus, if potted early in the autumn, is very valuable for winter decoration.

  • There are several kinds of Sericotheca, much like spiraea, except the fruits.

British Dictionary definitions for spiraea


any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea, having sprays of small white or pink flowers See also meadowsweet (sense 2), hardhack
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek speiraia, from speiraspire²
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