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(Plants) another name for hardhack
[C19: so called because of the shape of its flower clusters]
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a woolly-leaved North American shrub, Spiraea tomentosa, of the rose family, having short, spikelike clusters of rose-colored flowers. Also called steeplebush.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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