dogberry

noun (1)

Definition of dogberry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of certain small fruits usually considered inferior or unfit for human consumption (as the chokeberry, prickly wild gooseberry, certain rose hips, or the fruit of the mountain ash) especially : the fruit of the red dogwood
2 : any plant (as certain dogwoods, mountain ash, or yellow clintonia) that bears dogberries

Dogberry

noun (2)
Dog·​ber·​ry | \ ˈdȯgˌberē sometimes ˈdäg-\
plural Dogberrys

Definition of Dogberry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a blundering official often : policeman, constable

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First Known Use of dogberry

Noun (1)

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogberry

Noun (1)

dog entry 1 + berry

Noun (2)

from Dogberry, a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing

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