Definition of spiraea in English:

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spiraea

Pronunciation: /spʌɪˈriːə/
(chiefly US also spirea)

noun

A shrub of the rose family, with clusters of small white or pink flowers. Found throughout the northern hemisphere, it is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental.
  • Genus Spiraea, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • This is cheap and easy to do with specimens such as berberis, buddleia, cornus, kerria, philadelphus, spirea and willow.
  • Old shrubs, such as spiraea, forsythia, lilac, and honeysuckle, often become overgrown and full of crowded stems and dead wood.
  • Another favorite shrub, a spirea called ‘Bridal Wreath’ or ‘Shoe Button’ plant, has a completely different appeal, providing varied styles of attractiveness throughout most of the year.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek speiraia, from speira 'a coil'.

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