hardhack definition

  • noun:
    • A woody plant (Spiraea tomentosa) of eastern united states, having leaves with rusty down on the undersides and spikelike groups of little, rose-purple blossoms. Also called steeplebush.
    • A plant, the steeplebush.
    • A very astringent shrub (Spiræa tomentosa), common in pastures. The Potentilla fruticosa can also be called by this name.
    • A low shrub, Spiræa tomentosa, with woolly leaves and pods, and dense terminal panicles of rose-colored or white flowers. Also called steeplebush.
    • The hop-hornbeam, Ostrya Virginiana.

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