Nearby words

  1. spiny-rayed fish,
  2. spir-,
  3. spiracle,
  4. spiracular,
  5. spiradenoma,
  6. spiral,
  7. spiral arm,
  8. spiral bandage,
  9. spiral bevel gear,
  10. spiral binding


or spi·rae·a



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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esp US spirea


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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