bane·​ber·​ry ˈbān-ˌber-ē How to pronounce baneberry (audio)
: 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,, 13 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baneberry was in 1755

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“Baneberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ˈbān-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē
plural baneberries
: the acid poisonous berry of any plant of the genus Actaea
: a plant of the genus Actaea

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