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[uh-stil-bee] /əˈstɪl bi/
any plant of the genus Astilbe, of the saxifrage family, having spirelike clusters of small white, pink, or reddish flowers.
Origin of astilbe
1825; < New Latin, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek stilbḗ, feminine of stilbós glittering Unabridged
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  • That's why the astilbe that one deer shuns is a perfectly acceptable munchie to another.
  • Especially attractive are hostas, astilbe, and emerging lilies and other bulbs.
British Dictionary definitions for astilbe


any perennial saxifragaceous plant of the genus Astilbe of E Asia and North America: cultivated for their ornamental spikes or panicles of pink or white flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek: not glittering, from a-1 + stilbē, from stilbein to glitter; referring to its inconspicuous individual flowers
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