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

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This big red shows off layers of plum, blackberry, Bing cherry and black olive. 18. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Danish producers like Andersen Winery are even making fruit wines, eschewing grapes (which don’t grow in Denmark) for apples, blackberries, and other native fruits and berries. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "How Local Nordic Ingredients Are Transforming Copenhagen's Cocktail Scene," 15 Oct. 2018 The blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries and strawberries are distributed both in the U.K. and overseas. Will Horner, WSJ, "On Britain’s Farms, a Shortage of EU Workers Squeezes Harvests," 29 Aug. 2018 The wrappers had colorful pictures of blackberries or cherries on them, but one bite into the factory-nondescript crust and all assumptions of real fruit vanished. Sophie Lucido Johnson, Bon Appetit, "Here's to Hubig's: The New Orleans Bakery That Might Never Return," 23 Jan. 2018 The shelf below is home to fresh produce like carrot and celery sticks, pints of raspberries and blackberries, Cava and Hope hummus, and Gotham Greens pesto. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 All types of berries, including blackberries (available at many you-pick blueberry farms), strawberries and raspberries are packed with nutrients that positively impact our health and energy. Molly Kimball,, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 The Blackberry Cheesecake Bismarck is filled with vanilla cheesecake and topped with housemade blackberry jam. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Check out the Chicago-inspired and tropical summer doughnuts at Glazed and Infused," 11 July 2017 Loaded with blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 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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The first known use of blackberry was before the 12th century

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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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