The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bittersweet \Bit"ter*sweet`\, n.
Anything which is bittersweet.
A kind of apple so called.
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.
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.
Dulcamara means "bittersweet" (literally "sweet-bitter"). It can refer to:
- Solanum dulcamara, a plant
- Dulcamara, a synonym and proposed section of the genus Solanum
- Dulcamara, or the Little Duck and the Great Quack, a 1866 play by W. S. Gilbert
- Dr. Dulcamara, a character in L'elisir d'amore, an opera by Gaetano Donizetti