boysenberry

noun

boy·​sen·​ber·​ry ˈbȯi-zᵊn-ˌber-ē How to pronounce boysenberry (audio)
-be-rē,
-sᵊn-,
-zᵊm-
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Who the hell even knows what boysenberry smells like? Craig Stoltz, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 This beauty has the dark cherry and boysenberry flavors with cola spice and wild herbs that says Santa Barbara County to me. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The palate shows some minerality, and is a bit bitter, but has prominent blueberry, grape, and boysenberry flavors, along with licorice, coriander seed, mint, and oak spice. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Start with a neutral and work up to a bold boysenberry. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 23 June 2021 Bottles from the latter include Diamond Collection Oregon Pinot Noir ($21), with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, and Director’s Cut Cinema ($44), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sirah and Petite Sirah. Leanne Italie, SFChronicle.com, 26 Nov. 2019 Bottles from the latter include Diamond Collection Oregon Pinot Noir ($21), with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, and Director’s Cut Cinema ($44), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sirah and petite sirah. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 This recipe works well with any berries — blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, cranberries and cherries. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 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, 28 June 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boysenberry. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

boysenberry

noun

boy·​sen·​ber·​ry ˈbȯiz-ᵊn-ˌber-ē How to pronounce boysenberry (audio)
ˈbȯis-
1
: a large berry like a blackberry with the flavor of a raspberry
2
: the trailing bramble that produces boysenberries and was developed by crossing blackberry and raspberry plants

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