Definition of barberry
: any of a genus (Berberis of the family Berberidaceae, the barberry family) of shrubs usually having spines, usually yellow flowers, and oblong red or blackish berries
Origin and Etymology of barberry
Middle English berberie, from Medieval Latin berberis, from Arabic barbārīs
First Known Use: 14th century
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