berberis

noun
ber·​ber·​is | \ ˈbər-bər-əs How to pronounce berberis (audio) \

Definition of berberis

First Known Use of berberis

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for berberis

New Latin, the genus including barberry, alteration of Medieval Latin barberis barberry, from Arabic barbārīs

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The first known use of berberis was in 1561

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“Berberis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berberis. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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berberis

noun
ber·​ber·​is | \ ˈbər-bə-rəs How to pronounce berberis (audio) \

Medical Definition of berberis

1 capitalized : a large genus of shrubs (family Berberidaceae) that usually have prickly stems, yellow flowers, and red or blackish berries — compare mahonia
2 : the dried rhizome and roots of some barberries of the genus Mahonia (especially M. aquifolium) that contain a number of alkaloids (as berberine and berbamine)

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