boy·​sen·​ber·​ry ˈbȯi-zᵊn-ˌber-ē How to pronounce boysenberry (audio)
: a large reddish black fruit with a raspberry flavor
also : the trailing hybrid bramble yielding this fruit and developed by crossing several blackberries and raspberries

Examples of boysenberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The favorites are lemon cream and boysenberry; Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 May 2024 The farm also has raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, apriums and pluots. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 11 May 2024 In the early days of Knott’s, customers, primarily Los Angeles-area residents, would stop by en route to the Pacific Ocean during the summer months to purchase pie or boysenberries to take with them for snacks on the beach. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 25 Apr. 2024 With fruits strong in the region, each wine has notes of different berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and even boysenberries. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 24 Apr. 2024 The Backyard Stout, which incorporates mulberries, boysenberries and marionberries, was the weakest of this year’s choices, in our tasting. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 This lovely example from Roots Wine Company shows Oregon’s Willamette Valley at its best, with Bing cherry, boysenberry and plum flavors seasoned with sage and rosemary. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Andrew Krok Senior Editor Cars are Andrew Krok’s jam, along with boysenberry. Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 The stout was aged for a year in bourbon barrels and then finished and blended with three different kinds of berries: mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Rudolph Boysen †1950 American horticulturist + English berry

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boysenberry was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Boysenberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


boy·​sen·​ber·​ry ˈbȯiz-ᵊn-ˌber-ē How to pronounce boysenberry (audio)
: a large berry like a blackberry with the flavor of a raspberry
: the trailing bramble that produces boysenberries and was developed by crossing blackberry and raspberry plants

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