berberis

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ber·ber·is

noun \ˈbər-bər-əs\

Definition of BERBERIS

:  barberry

Origin of BERBERIS

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

ber·ber·is

noun \ˈbər-bə-rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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