berberis

noun ber·ber·is \ ˈbər-bər-əs \

Definition of berberis

Origin and Etymology of berberis

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


Medical Dictionary

berberis

noun ber·ber·is \ ˈbər-bə-rəs \

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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