a distressing experience or result that is hard to accept (often in the expression a bitter pill to swallow):
Being passed over for promotion was a bitter pill to swallow.
An unpleasant fact, disappointment, or humiliation that is difficult to endure. For example, Failing the bar exam was a bitter pill to swallow, but he plans to try again next year. [ Late 1500s ]
any of several hundred natural compounds, usually of vegetable origin, having a bitter taste, and not admitting of any chemical classification. noun any of various bitter-tasting substances, such as aloin, usually extracted from plants
a plant, Lewisia rediviva, of the purslane family, having pink flowers and fleshy roots that are edible when young: the state flower of Montana. Historical Examples Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton Subspeciation in the Meadow Mouse, Microtus pennsylvanicus, in Wyoming, Colorado, and Adjacent Areas Sydney Anderson Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society Robert F. Murphy […]
a mountain range on the boundary between Idaho and Montana, a part of the Rocky Mountains: highest peak, about 10,000 feet (3050 meters).