Roxbury waxwork
Bittersweet Bit"ter*sweet`, n. 1. Anything which is bittersweet. [1913 Webster]

2. A kind of apple so called. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) (a) A climbing shrub, with oval coral-red berries ({Solanum dulcamara}); woody nightshade. The whole plant is poisonous, and has a taste at first sweetish and then bitter. The branches are the officinal {dulcamara}. (b) An American woody climber ({Celastrus scandens}), whose yellow capsules open late in autumn, and disclose the red aril which covers the seeds; -- also called {Roxbury waxwork}. [1913 Webster]


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