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berry

noun ber·ry \ ˈber-ē , ˈbe-rē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of berry

plural berries
1 a : a pulpy and usually edible fruit (such as a strawberry, raspberry, or checkerberry) of small size irrespective of its structure
b : a simple fruit (such as a grape, blueberry, tomato, or cucumber) with a pulpy or fleshy pericarp
c : the dry seed of some plants (such as wheat)
2 : an egg of a fish or lobster

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Origin and Etymology of berry

Middle English berye, from Old English berie; akin to Old High German beri berry


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berry

verb

Definition of berry

berried; berrying
intransitive verb
1 : to bear or produce berries
  • a berrying shrub
2 : to gather or seek berries

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First Known Use of berry

circa 1780


Berry

geographical name Ber·ry \ be-ˈrē \

Definition of Berry

former province of central France; capital Bourges

BERRY Defined for English Language Learners

berry

noun

Definition of berry for English Language Learners

  • : a small fruit (such as a strawberry, blueberry, or raspberry) that has many small seeds


BERRY Defined for Kids

berry

noun ber·ry \ ˈber-ē \

Definition of berry for Students

plural berries
1 : a small juicy and usually edible fruit (as a strawberry)
2 : a fruit (as a grape or tomato) in which the ripened ovary wall is fleshy
3 : a dry seed (as of the coffee plant)


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