bittersweet(redirected from bitter-sweet)
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1. Bitter and sweet at the same time: bittersweet chocolate.
2. Producing or expressing a mixture of pain and pleasure: a movie with a bittersweet ending.
3. Dark to deep reddish-orange.
1. Any of various woody vines of the genus Celastrus, especially C. scandens, native to North America, and C. orbiculata, an eastern Asian species that is widespread in North America, having small, round, yellow-orange fruits that open at maturity to expose red seeds. Also called staff tree, staff vine.
2. See bittersweet nightshade.
3. A dark to deep reddish orange.
[N., sense 1, after its bark, which has a bitter, then an unpleasant sweetish taste when chewed.]
1. (Plants) any of several North American woody climbing plants of the genus Celastrus, esp C. scandens, having orange capsules that open to expose scarlet-coated seeds: family Celastraceae
2. (Plants) another name for woody nightshade
3. tasting of or being a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
4. pleasant but tinged with sadness
bit•ter•sweet(adj. ˌbɪt ərˈswit, ˈbɪt ərˌswit; n. ˈbɪt ərˌswit)
1. both bitter and sweet to the taste: bittersweet chocolate.
2. both pleasant and painful or regretful: a bittersweet memory.n.
3. a climbing or trailing plant, Solanum dulcamara, of the nightshade family, having small, violet, star-shaped flowers with a protruding yellow center and scarlet berries.
4. any climbing plant of the genus Celastrus, of the staff-tree family bearing orange capsules opening to expose red-coated seeds.
5. pleasure mingled with pain or regret.
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|Noun||1.||bittersweet - poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America|
bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, poisonous nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade, deadly nightshade
nightshade - any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
|2.||bittersweet - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds|
American bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, shrubby bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork
Celastrus, genus Celastrus - genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
|Adj.||1.||bittersweet - tinged with sadness; "a movie with a bittersweet ending"|
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti
|2.||bittersweet - having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness|
tasty - pleasing to the sense of taste; "a tasty morsel"