spirea

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noun spi·rea \ spī-ˈrē-ə \
variants: or spiraea

Definition of spirea

1 :any of a genus (Spiraea) of deciduous shrubs of the rose family with small usually white or pink flowers in dense racemes, corymbs, cymes, or panicles
2 :any of several garden plants resembling spireas; especially :a shrub (Astilbe japonica) of the saxifrage family

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Origin and Etymology of spirea

New Latin Spiraea, from Latin, a plant, from Greek speiraia


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spirea

noun spi·rea
variants: or spiraea \spī-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of spirea for Students

:a shrub related to the rose that bears clusters of small white or pink flowers

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