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spiraea

[spahy-ree-uh]
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noun
  1. spirea.
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spirea

or spi·rae·a

[spahy-ree-uh]
noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of spirea

1660–70; < New Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet
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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.

  • This rose and three species of spiraea fairly fill the air with fragrance after a shower.

    Steep Trails

    John Muir


British Dictionary definitions for spiraea

spiraea

esp US spirea

noun
  1. any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea, having sprays of small white or pink flowersSee also meadowsweet (def. 2), hardhack
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek speiraia, from speira spire ²
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