[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for meadowsweet

/ (ˈmɛdəʊˌswiːt) /


a Eurasian rosaceous plant, Filipendula ulmaria, with dense heads of small fragrant cream-coloured flowersSee also dropwort (def. 1)
any of several North American rosaceous plants of the genus Spiraea, having pyramid-shaped sprays of small flowers
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