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[hahrd-hak] /ˈhɑrdˌhæk/
a woolly-leaved North American shrub, Spiraea tomentosa, of the rose family, having short, spikelike clusters of rose-colored flowers.
Origin of hardhack
1805-15, Americanism; hard + hack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The lithe red fox glides across the upper pastures and weaves among the hardhack unchallenged, for this is not hunting weather.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
  • I am not employed by Mrs. hardhack, nor do I take my orders from her.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • The steeple-bush, or hardhack, had more color, as had the rose gerardia and several other plants.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Mrs. hardhack stripped their beds, and counted their blankets.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • And among other things he told me that a hardhack would turn into a huckleberry-bush.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • When she saw me standing by the Deputy, she asked me where hardhack and Thingsly were.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • And the causes of all these efforts on the part of hardhack society enjoyed themselves intensely.

  • Mrs. hardhack did not let her superior officer off so easily.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • It is known as ironwood, hop-hornbeam, leverwood, and hardhack.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Once they drew their canoe up to the bank of Sunasquam Water, a stream walled in by the dense green of the hardhack.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for hardhack


a woody North American rosaceous plant, Spiraea tomentosa, with downy leaves and tapering clusters of small pink or white flowers Also called steeplebush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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