ink·​ber·​ry ˈiŋk-ˌber-ē How to pronounce inkberry (audio)
: a holly (Ilex glabra) of eastern North America with evergreen oblong leathery leaves and small usually black berries
: the fruit of an inkberry

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  • inkberry 1a

Examples of inkberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inkberry sets black berries that provide sustenance to birds in the winter. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Ives said aside from American holly there are two other native holly species in the sanctuary — inkberry (Ilex glabra) and winterberry (Ilex verticillata), along with several other nonnative species., 5 Dec. 2019 Would inkberry be a good replacement for my cherry laurel that is always covered with white scale insects? Ellen Nibali,, 3 Oct. 2019 Try extra-tough evergreen holly bushes that don’t get too tall, either native American inkberry (Ilex glabra) or the similar Japanese holly (Ilex crenata). Real Estate, 5 Sep. 2019

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Word History


from the use of the berries for making ink

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of inkberry was in 1765

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“Inkberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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