baneberry

noun
bane·​ber·​ry | \ ˈbān-ˌber-ē How to pronounce baneberry (audio) \

Definition of baneberry

: any of several perennial herbs (genus Actaea) of the buttercup family having acrid poisonous berries also : one of the berries

Examples of baneberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Red baneberry (Actaea rubra) is a native woodland plant found in northern America that can be successfully gown in a home garden. Jill Sell, cleveland.com, 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of baneberry

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baneberry

bane entry 1 + berry entry 1

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“Baneberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baneberry. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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baneberry

noun
bane·​ber·​ry | \ ˈbān-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē \
plural baneberries

Medical Definition of baneberry

1 : the acid poisonous berry of any plant of the genus Actaea
2 : a plant of the genus Actaea

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