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Bittersweet   /bˈɪtərswˌit/   Listen

Poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America.  Synonyms: bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, deadly nightshade, poisonous nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade.
Twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds.  Synonyms: American bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, shrubby bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork.

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"Bittersweet" Quotes from Famous Books

... any more, but we gathered gay red berries for decoration, bunches of late fern, sprays of bittersweet; we raked over the leaves for nuts, and sometimes found bits of spicy wintergreen or checkerberry, the kind that always flavored old-fashioned lozenges which our grandmothers bought in little rolls for a penny, on the way ...
— Dwellers in Arcady - The Story of an Abandoned Farm • Albert Bigelow Paine

... reviled and slandered yourself; you are, after all, a good angel; God is with you, and prayer, love, and innocence, are in your heart.' Then it suddenly seems to me as if my heart were rent, and I heard loud, scornful laughter. I fall from my heaven; I look around and behold men, with their bittersweet faces, smiling on, and lying to each other; I see all their duplicity and their infamy; I laugh at my own transports and swear never to be human with humanity, but a demon with demons—to cheat as they cheat, to lie, and win from them as much happiness, honor, and wealth, ...

... distracted morning with some queer beguiling little harlequins on the bittersweet-vine about my porch, of which I have previously written, I had finally settled down to my work, and was engaged in putting the finishing touches upon a long-delayed drawing, when a new visitor claimed my attention—a small hornet, which alights upon the window-sill within half ...
— My Studio Neighbors • William Hamilton Gibson

... Cutty felt himself little, trivial, beside this forlorn bier. What did he know about love? He had never made any sacrifices; he had simply carried in his heart a bittersweet recollection. But here! Twenty-odd years of unremitting devotion to the son of the woman he had loved—Stefani Gregor. Creating environments that would develop the noble qualities in the boy, interposing ...
— The Drums Of Jeopardy • Harold MacGrath

... Adam lighted a big log, festooned with leaves and berries so that the flames roared and crackled up the chimney. The early arrivals were the young people who had hung the mantel, gas fixtures, curtain poles and draped the doors with long sprays of bittersweet, northern holly, and great branches of red spice berries, dogwood with its red leaves and berries, and scarlet and yellow oak leaves. The elders followed and piled the table with heaps of food, then trailed ...
— A Daughter of the Land • Gene Stratton-Porter

Words linked to "Bittersweet" :   waxwork, Solanum, Celastrus, tasty, sad, nightshade, vine, genus Celastrus, genus Solanum

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