from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Eurasian plant (Filipendula vulgaris syn. F. hexapetala) in the rose family, having finely divided leaflets and clusters of small white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An English name for the Spirœa Filipendula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) An Old World species of Spiræa (Spiræa filipendula), with finely cut leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A perennial herb, Filipendula vulgaris, closely related to meadowsweet.


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  • "... I foraged with my digging stick for mallow root and the small, fine-leaved dropwort. I had half the basket filled when I heard a polite cough behind me."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 607

    January 1, 2010