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.
Also, spiraea.

1660–70; < Neo-Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet

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spiraea or esp (US) spirea (spaɪˈrɪə)
meadowsweet See also hardhack any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea, having sprays of small white or pink flowers
[C17: via Latin from Greek speiraia, from speiraspire²]
spirea or esp (US) spirea
[C17: via Latin from Greek speiraia, from speiraspire²]

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Lush areas of willow, spirea, silk dogwood and alder shrubs can be found in the river corridor's floodplain.
The adults are usually out flying about a week or so after spirea begins to bloom.
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