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berberis

noun ber·ber·is \ˈbər-bər-əs\

Definition of BERBERIS

:  barberry
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Origin of BERBERIS

New Latin, the genus including barberry, alteration of Medieval Latin barberis barberry, from Arabic barbārīs
First Known Use: circa 1868
Medical Dictionary

berberis

noun ber·ber·is \ˈbər-bə-rəs\

Medical Definition of BERBERIS

1
capitalized :  a large genus of shrubs (family Berberidaceae) that usually have prickly stems, yellow flowers, and red or blackish berries—compare mahonia
2
:  the dried rhizome and roots of some barberries of the genus Mahonia (especially M. aquifolium) that contain a number of alkaloids (as berberine and berbamine)

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