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Bittersweet \Bit"ter*sweet`\, n.

  1. Anything which is bittersweet.

  2. A kind of apple so called.

  3. (Bot.)

    1. 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.

    2. 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