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 ).

1520–30; meadow + sweet Unabridged
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meadowsweet (ˈmɛdəʊˌswiːt)
1.  See also dropwort a Eurasian rosaceous plant, Filipendula ulmaria, with dense heads of small fragrant cream-coloured flowers
2.  any of several North American rosaceous plants of the genus Spiraea, having pyramid-shaped sprays of small flowers

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Shrubs include winterberry, meadowsweet, and others.
Slender willow dominates the shrub layer which also contains alder, red-osier dogwood, and white meadowsweet.
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