black·ber·ry | \ˈblak-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of blackberry 

1 : the usually black or dark purple juicy but seedy edible aggregate fruit of various brambles (genus Rubus) of the rose family

2 : a plant that bears blackberries

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Try the BFLO Bramble, made with bison grass vodka, blackberries and mint ($10). Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 Briar is a sour ale fermented with blackberries and raspberries and aged in oak barrels. Gary Dzen,, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 But the fruit, while sweet, tastes fresh, led by blackberry, and the fruitiness is countered by a strong impression of roasted meat. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: The diverse, dynamic wines of Lodi," 20 May 2018 Optional: Pick up some blackberries too, which are basically American elderberries. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018 Hours for picking blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 Chunks of strawberries along with blueberries and blackberries decorated the custard, but the homemade chocolate granola was the star of the garnishes. Lauren Delgado,, "Bites & Bubbles serves up a romantic date night in Mills 50," 22 June 2018 Some of you who grow tomatoes, peaches, figs and blackberries are probably somewhat unhappy that the birds that like eating fruit seem to be helping themselves to a good share of your crops. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to foliage fit to feed the birds," 1 June 2018 This 100 percent varietal offers notes of violets, blackberry, plum, dark cherry, pencil shavings, raspberry and incense. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of blackberry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blackberry

: a black or dark purple berry that is sweet and juicy; also : the plant that blackberries grow on


black·ber·ry | \ˈblak-ˌber-ē \
plural blackberries

Kids Definition of blackberry

: the black or dark purple sweet juicy berry of a prickly plant related to the raspberry

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