black·​ber·​ry | \ ˈblak-ˌber-ē How to pronounce blackberry (audio) , -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

Examples of blackberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Served up, orange and lime keep things tart, balancing any sweetness imparted by the house grenadine and blackberry. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mellwood restaurant is blowing up Louisville's food scene with New American fusion," 19 Feb. 2020 Cassis and blackberry flavors, with a hint of herbs and a plush texture highlight a sunny ripeness. Washington Post, "For less than $17, this juicy red wine will take you to Rhone — and back," 24 Jan. 2020 Japanese honeysuckle, dewberry, dogwood, blackberry cane, and Oregon grape are all examples of regional species that are highly favored by deer—and most of them can last well into the winter. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Late-Season Deer Foods," 6 Jan. 2020 Along the property’s stretch of the Middle River, thickets of false indigo tower overhead, their lower leaves wrapped in the thorny, protective embrace of blackberry shrubs. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Veterinary drugs are wreaking havoc on wildlife worldwide," 6 Dec. 2019 Joining the existing strawberry and native blackberry crops this summer are new 90-foot row gardens of kale, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, basil, green beans, peppers and three varieties of summer squash. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New family carries on legacy of 99-year-old Vista farm," 21 July 2019 If your teeth are sweet, there's dessert crepes like powdered sugar cinnamon ($4.50), jelly ($4.75) and Nutella ($6.50), all customizable with banana, blackberry, whipped cream, coconut, walnuts, ice cream, etc. Matt Wake |, al, "This locally-made savory crepe’s more than a fancy wrap," 5 Feb. 2020 Look instead for greenbrier, honeysuckle, plum, laurel, sumac, blackberry, clear-cuts, browse, and forbs in the woods or natural clearings. Jeff Murray, Field & Stream, "10 Common Deer Hunting Mistakes You Should Fix," 8 Nov. 2019 This cabernet is deep with blackberry and boysenberry fruit, and grippy tannins that give it a flavor of the frontier. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Rosé all day with this refreshing California $13 pinot noir," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of blackberry

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

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“Blackberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce blackberry (audio) \
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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