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Definition of bittersweet
1(of food or drink) sweet with a bitter aftertaste: she sipped the bittersweet drink the ale has a fine bittersweet nutty taste 2arousing pleasure tinged with sadness or pain:bittersweet memories of his time in London
2a vine-like American climbing plant which bears clusters of bright orange pods.
- Genus Celastrus, family Celastraceae: several species
3 (also bittersweet shell) a widely distributed bivalve mollusc which has a pale rounded shell that is typically marked with wavy lines.
- Genus Glycymeris, family Glycymeridae