inkberry

noun
ink·​ber·​ry | \ ˈiŋk-ˌber-ē How to pronounce inkberry (audio) \

Definition of inkberry

1a : a holly (Ilex glabra) of eastern North America with evergreen oblong leathery leaves and small usually black berries
b : pokeweed
2 : the fruit of an inkberry

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Examples of inkberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. BostonGlobe.com, "From Christmas decorations to classic holiday songs like “Deck The Halls,” holly is a traditional part of the Christmas season. It’s pointy-edged, dark green leaves and bright red berries are commonly used to make festive looking wreaths that adorn doorways and windows this time of year.," 5 Dec. 2019 Would inkberry be a good replacement for my cherry laurel that is always covered with white scale insects? Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Inkberry instead of cherry laurel? Too late to plant a magnolia?," 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). Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Unhappy hosta? The solution may be in your fridge," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of inkberry

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inkberry

from the use of the berries for making ink

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“Inkberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inkberry. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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