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1561, in the meaning defined above
New Latin, the genus including barberry, alteration of Medieval Latin barberis barberry, from Arabic barbārīs
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: a large genus of shrubs (family Berberidaceae) that usually have prickly stems, yellow flowers, and red or blackish berries — compare mahonia
: 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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