- 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
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Examples from the Web for spiraea
She said it, thanked me, and asked me to come and help her water the spiraea.
In the middle of the table stood a spiraea, a most handsome and graceful plant.
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
esp US spirea
C17: via Latin from Greek speiraia, from speira spire ²
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