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Definition of 'bittersweet'


  1. 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 woody nightshade Solanum dulcamara
  2. twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
       Synonyms: American bittersweet climbing bittersweet false bittersweet staff vine waxwork shrubby bittersweet Celastrus scandens


  1. tinged with sadness; "a movie with a bittersweet ending"
  2. having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
       Synonyms: semisweet

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