American beautyberry

noun

Definition of American beautyberry

: a shrub (Callicarpa americana) native to the southern U.S. and West Indies that has clusters of small, usually pink flowers and purple berries and is often used as an ornamental
  • The native American beautyberry comes to life, maturing bright purple clusters of pea-size fruits along the stems.
  • —Tom MacCubbinOrlando Sentinel30 Sept. 1995
called also beautyberry, French mulberry

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1948

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