hack·​ber·​ry | \ ˈhak-ˌber-ē How to pronounce hackberry (audio) \

Definition of hackberry

: any of a genus (Celtis) of trees and shrubs of the elm family with small often edible berries also : its wood

Examples of hackberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week in the garden Now is one of the best times to remove hackberry, Chinaberry, mulberry and other unwanted sprouts in the landscape. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: It’s weed season, San Antonio gardeners. Here’s what to do," 20 Feb. 2020 Leaf drop: There are several environmentally appropriate strategies to deal with the leaves from your oaks, sycamores, pecans, hackberries and other deciduous trees. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 Vigorous, even invasive native Texas trees known as hackberries. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Dying pittosporum may have gotten too dry," 17 Oct. 2019 Outside, a tire swing hangs from a huge hackberry tree. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Made with love: Custom-built house near La Grange boasts stunning DIY decor," 24 Oct. 2019 Perhaps pruning out mulberry, Chinaberry and hackberry also reduced the usual available rubbing trunks? Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to deal with the garden damage from the dang deer," 9 Aug. 2019 The water runs fast, flashing between banks of oak and willow, cottonwood and box elder and hackberry, and intricate wild-haired tapestries of fern. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 Now also is a good time to control hardwood seedlings such as hackberry, mulberry and Chinaberry and vining weeds such as Smilax and catsclaw. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s early, but you may want to pull your tomatoes now," 22 June 2018 The mother trees are somewhere else, and the seeds have been brought in by birds (mulberries, hackberries) or the wind (cottonwoods, willows and box elders). Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of hackberry

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hackberry

alteration of hagberry a cherry resembling the chokecherry

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The first known use of hackberry was in 1779

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27 Feb 2020

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“Hackberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hackberry. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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