noun \ˈbär-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of BARBERRY

:  any of a genus (Berberis of the family Berberidaceae, the barberry family) of shrubs usually having spines, usually yellow flowers, and oblong red or blackish berries

Origin of BARBERRY

Middle English berberie, from Medieval Latin berberis, from Arabic barbārīs
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈbär-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural bar·ber·ries

Medical Definition of BARBERRY

: any shrub of the genus Berberis
a : an evergreen shrub of the genus Mahonia (especially M. aquifolium) b : berberis 2


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

American barberry (Berberis canadensis).—Walter Chandoha

Any of the almost 500 species of thorny evergreen or deciduous shrubs constituting the genus Berberis. The genus is the largest and most important group in the family Berberidaceae, of the buttercup order. Most barberries are native to the northern temperate zone, particularly Asia. Barberry bushes have yellow wood and yellow flowers. The fruit of several species is made into jellies. Other members of the same family include heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), an indoor potted plant; mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), a woodland wildflower; Epimedium, a ground cover; and Oregon grape (Mahonia), a genus of broad-leaved evergreen shrubs.


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