both bitter and sweet to the taste:
both pleasant and painful or regretful:
a bittersweet memory.
Also called woody nightshade. a climbing or trailing plant, Solanum dulcamara, of the nightshade family, having small, violet, star-shaped flowers with a protruding yellow center and scarlet berries.
Also called climbing bittersweet. any climbing plant of the genus Celastrus, bearing orange capsules opening to expose red-coated seeds, especially C. scandens.
pleasure mingled with pain or regret:
the bittersweet of parting.
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any of several North American woody climbing plants of the genus Celastrus, esp C. scandens, having orange capsules that open to expose scarlet-coated seeds: family Celastraceae
another name for woody nightshade
tasting of or being a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
pleasant but tinged with sadness
any of various plants containing a bitter principle, as those of the genus Picris. a sneezeweed, Helenium amarum. noun any of various plants that contain a bitter-tasting substance
any of various chiefly tropical trees having wood with a bitter taste, as Vatairea lundelii or Simarouba glauca. quassia. Historical Examples Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson noun any of several simaroubaceous trees of the genus Picrasma of S and SE Asia and the Caribbean, whose bitter bark and wood are used in medicine as a […]
noun an Australian tree, Alstonia constricta, with bitter-tasting bark that is used in preparing tonic medicines