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

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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,, "Late summer and fall blooming plants add beauty to any yard," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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