berberis

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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


First Known Use: 1561


Medical Dictionary

berberis

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noun ber·ber·is \ˈbər-bə-rəs\

Medical Definition of berberis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of shrubs (family Berberidaceae) that usually have prickly stems, yellow flowers, and red or blackish berries—compare mahonia

  2. 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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