bittersweet definition

  • noun:
    • A woody vine of the genus Celastrus, particularly the united states types C. scandens together with east Asian types C. orbiculata, having tiny, round, yellow-orange fruits that open at maturity to expose purple seeds. Also called staff tree.
    • identify bittersweet nightshade.
    • A dark to deep reddish orange.
    • A vine, of this genus Celastrus, having little orange fruits that open to unveil purple seeds.
    • The bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
    • many different apple with a bittersweet style.
    • Anything which is bittersweet.
    • A kind of apple so named.
    • A climbing shrub, with oval coral-red berries (Solanum dulcamara); woody nightshade. The entire plant is poisonous, and has now a taste in the beginning sweetish and sour. The branches would be the officinal dulcamara.
    • An American woody climber (Celastrus scandens), whoever yellow capsules open late in autumn, and reveal the red aril which takes care of the seeds; -- also known as Roxbury waxwork.
    • That which is actually bitter and sweet: since, the bitter-sweet of life.
    • The woody nightshade, Solanum Dulcamara, a trailing plant, local of European countries and Asia, and naturalized in the United States.
    • Same as bitter-sweeting.
    • poisonous perennial old-world vine having violet blossoms and oval coral-red fruits; widespread weed in united states
    • twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
  • adjective:
    • sour and nice in addition: bittersweet chocolate.
    • Producing or articulating a combination of discomfort and satisfaction: a film with a bittersweet ending.
    • Dark to deep reddish-orange.
    • Both bitter and nice.
    • Expressing contrasting emotions of pain and enjoyment.
    • Sweet then sour or bitter and sweet; esp. sweet with a bitter after flavor; for this reason (Fig.), pleasant but painful.
    • tinged with despair
    • having a taste which a combination of bitterness and sweetness
  • others:
    • Uniting bitterness and sweetness; pleasant and painful at precisely the same time.

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