Bittersweet

An alternative name for WOODY NIGHTSHADE (Solanum dulcamara), and a translation (in reverse) of the specific name, dulcamara, which is really amara dulcis : "faire berries . of a sweet taste at the first, but after, very unpleasant". Gerard, obviously studying dulcamara, got it the wrong way round, and should have paid attention, if he were still alive, to Shakespeare, who knew the real sequence:

I should not think it strange, for 'tis a physic

That's bitter to sweet end.

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