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spi·re·aalso spi·rae·a (spī-rē′ə)
Any of various shrubs of the genus Spiraea of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers and including bridal wreath, hardhack, and meadowsweet.
[Latin spīraea, meadowsweet, from Greek speiraia, privet, from speira, coil.]
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or spi•rae•a(spaɪˈri ə)
n., pl. -re•as or -rae•as.
any shrub of the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers: some are cultivated as ornamentals.
[1660–70; < New Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet]
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|Noun||1.||spirea - a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming|
astilbe - any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers
|2.||spirea - any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea; has sprays of small white or pink flowers|
Saint Peter's wreath, Spiraea prunifolia, St. Peter's wreath, bridal wreath, bridal-wreath - shrub having copious small white flowers in spring
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