noun \ˈblak-ˌber-ē, -ˈbe-rē\

: a black or dark purple berry that is sweet and juicy; also : the plant that blackberries grow on

Full Definition of BLACKBERRY

:  the usually black or dark purple juicy but seedy edible aggregate fruit of various brambles (genus Rubus) of the rose family
:  a plant that bears blackberries

First Known Use of BLACKBERRY

before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blackberry (Rubus).—Derek Fell

Usually prickly, fruit-bearing bush of the genus Rubus, in the rose family, native chiefly to northern temperate regions. The blackberry is abundant in eastern North America and on the Pacific coast; in Europe it is common in thickets and hedges. Its usually biennial, prickly, and erect, semierect, or trailing stems bear leaves with usually three or five oval, coarsely toothed, stalked leaflets; white, pink, or red flowers in terminal clusters; and black or red-purple aggregate fruits. The several trailing species are commonly called dewberries. Blackberries are a fairly good source of iron and vitamin C.


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