spiraea

[ spahy-ree-uh ]
/ spaɪˈri ə /

noun

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Definition for spiraea (2 of 2)

spirea

or spi·rae·a

[ spahy-ree-uh ]
/ spaɪˈri ə /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for spiraea

spiraea

esp US spirea

/ (spaɪˈrɪə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for spiraea

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