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- both bitter and sweet
- expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure
- a vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds
- the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bit"ter*sweet` (&?;), a. Sweet and then
bitter or bitter and then sweet; esp. sweet with a bitter after taste;
hence (Fig.), pleasant but painful.
Bit"ter*sweet`, n. 1.
Anything which is bittersweet.
2. A kind of apple so called.
3. (Bot.) (a) A climbing
shrub, with oval coral-red berries (Solanum dulcamara); woody
nightshade. The whole plant is poisonous, and has a taste at first sweetish
and then bitter. The branches are the officinal dulcamara.
(b) An American woody climber (Celastrus
scandens), whose yellow capsules open late in autumn, and disclose the
red aril which covers the seeds; -- also called Roxbury
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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