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barberry

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noun bar·ber·ry \ˈbär-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of barberry

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

barberry

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

Medical Definition of barberry

plural bar·ber·ries

  1. 1:  any shrub of the genus Berberis

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




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