mead·​ow·​sweet | \ ˈme-dō-ˌswēt How to pronounce meadowsweet (audio) , -də- \

Definition of meadowsweet

1 : any of several spireas especially : a North American native or naturalized spirea (such as Spiraea alba and S. latifolia)
2 : any of a genus (Filipendula) of herbs closely related to the spireas

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Recent Examples on the Web The newest perfume, launching in spring, incorporates meadowsweet and wild ivy, which visitors can smell in the flourishing herb garden out back. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019 On McAvoy's property, five acres of wild raspberry and blueberry grew up and four acres of meadowsweet blossomed where forest had been cleared. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Government Agencies, Landowners Team Up To Help Cottontail," 20 Dec. 2017 Cardinal flower and white meadowsweet are in bloom, and several trees lay on the ground, freshly felled by the resident beaver. James F. Mccarty,, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017 The creamy lotion, made with pure amber extract, relies on meadowsweet to tighten pores and absorb toxins and hyaluronic acid to stabilize the skin's water content. Sarah Cristobal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Get Perfect Skin," 1 Sep. 2008 John’s wort and meadowsweet—on the beaker in her grave. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Pollens Found in Grave of Bronze Age Woman Paint Picture of Bygone Scotland," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of meadowsweet

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Meadowsweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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