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 Easy-drinking Zin with notes of menthol, tobacco and a little blackberry. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 wines under $25 to consider in March," 14 Mar. 2021 Van der Veldt’s first commercial release was a wild blackberry wine. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "A harmonious union of wine and chocolate in Astoria," 13 Feb. 2021 In this case, appealing bramble fruit, plums, and cherries get a lift of freshness from herbal blackberry leaf and tempered spice. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, "Travel The World With Wine, No Passport Necessary: Chile Edition," 4 Mar. 2021 Imagine a future summer with this mix of Bulleit Rye, blackberry puree, fresh citrus. oregonlive, "5 to-go cocktails you can order to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home in Portland," 31 Dec. 2020 This blackberry produces new primocanes at the crown of the plant in the spring; these canes overwinter, become floricanes and produce fruit the following year. oregonlive, "Need help hiding new neighbor’s big concrete wall? Ask an expert," 27 Dec. 2020 Cinnamon, blackberry, bramble, tart cherry and a little menthol all make their presence known. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 wines under $25 for November," 15 Nov. 2020 Both are sweetened with a gentle touch of cane sugar and contain actual blackberry and lime juice, respectively. Paul Stephen,, "Blue Norther a Texas-made hard seltzer with ties to San Antonio’s Battle of the Alamo," 13 Oct. 2020 The olallieberry, a cross between a blackberry, loganberry and youngberry, originated in 1949 in Oregon, but mostly thrives in California — especially on the coast., "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Desserts," 17 Sep. 2020

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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 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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