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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Bit"ter*sweet`
Sweet and then bitter or bitter and then sweet; esp. sweet with a bitter after taste; hence ((Fig.)), pleasant but painful.
noun Bit"ter*sweet`
  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.
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  1. Twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
  2. Poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America
  3. Tinged with sadness ("a movie with a bittersweet ending")
  4. Having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness

From Middle English bitterswete, biterswete, equivalent to bitter +‎ sweet.

  1. Bittersweetness.
  2. A vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds.
  3. The bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
  4. A variety of apple with a bittersweet taste.
  5. Any variety of clam in the family Glycymerididae
  6. A pinkish-orange color.

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Past life for Bittersweet born Aug 28, 2013

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Russia approximately on 1500. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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