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[med-oh-sweet] /ˈmɛd oʊˌswit/
any plant belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, especially S. latifolia, having white or pink flowers.
any plant of the closely related genus Filipendula (or Ulmaria).
Origin of meadowsweet
1520-30; meadow + sweet Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I am going to write a note to Mrs. meadowsweet," she said, after a minute or two.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Their eyes sparkled like dew on meadowsweet on a fair morning.

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  • The report that Mrs. Bertram's drawing-room wore a mantle of felt had reached Mrs. meadowsweet's ears.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • However, for the sake of his meadowsweet and his spring-green binding this must be forgiven him.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • She saw Ann Lizy's patchwork, all four squares nicely pinned together, lying beside the meadowsweet bushes.

  • The house Mrs. meadowsweet lived in fitted her requirements to perfection.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Whatever Mrs. meadowsweet was she was honest; and at that very moment her eyes lighted on the felt which covered the floor.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • Mrs. meadowsweet smoothed down the front of her black satin dress.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
  • If they are side by side (called the ortho position) we have an oil with the odor of meadowsweet.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • meadowsweet, poor man, had been particular about his carpets.

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for meadowsweet


a Eurasian rosaceous plant, Filipendula ulmaria, with dense heads of small fragrant cream-coloured flowers See also dropwort (sense 1)
any of several North American rosaceous plants of the genus Spiraea, having pyramid-shaped sprays of small flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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