mead·​ow·​sweet ˈme-dō-ˌswēt How to pronounce meadowsweet (audio)
: any of several spireas
especially : a North American native or naturalized spirea (such as Spiraea alba and S. latifolia)
: any of a genus (Filipendula) of herbs closely related to the spireas

Examples of meadowsweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A couple of other noteworthy ingredients are raspberry ketone which increases skin's firmness, and meadowsweet which acts as an anti-inflammatory, keeping puffiness at bay. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 This premium small-batch gin is made with 11 botanicals including: juniper, coriander, angelica root and Irish meadowsweet. James Barrett, Redbook, 8 Mar. 2023 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, 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, 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,, 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, 1 Sep. 2008 John’s wort and meadowsweet—on the beaker in her grave. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 9 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meadowsweet was in 1530

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“Meadowsweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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