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(of food, drink, or flavor) sweet with a bitter aftertaste. arousing pleasure tinged with sadness or pain:the room, with all its bittersweet memories
1another term for woody nightshade (see nightshade). 2 (also climbing bittersweet) a vinelike climbing plant that bears clusters of bright orange pods.
- Genus Celastrus, family Celastraceae: several species, in particular C. scandens