Definition of mulberry
1 : any of a genus (Morus of the family Moraceae, the mulberry family) of trees with an edible usually purple multiple fruit that is an aggregate of juicy one-seeded drupes; also : the fruit
2 : a dark purple or purplish black
Recent Examples of mulberry from the Web
In 2003, Crayola bid goodbye to blizzard blue, magic mint, mulberry and teal -- though amid a hue and cry, fans were able to rescue burnt sienna.
Bruce Matheson, 70, remembers baking cookies for her with his mother and walking through his grandfather’s backyard (grabbing a handful of ripe, dark mulberries on the way there to hand to her).
Mary Lou McNeill, Sacramento Master gardener Linda O’Connell: Fruitless mulberry trees (Morus alba) grow well in a variety of soil types.
TOGH-BAIRDI, Afghanistan — A lone grave, its dirt mound shaded under the drooping branches of a mulberry tree and kept adorned with flowers, has become a daily stop for seminary students and staff members near Togh-Bairdi, in northern Afghanistan.
The key to wearing such a bright hue is to pair it with dark or neutral colors, so try a neon-green parka with a black sports bra and dark mulberry shorts.
Sal’s adoptive Mexican-American family consists of a devoted gay father and a sage grandmother who tells stories of growing up poor and finding hope in small miracles like fallen yellow leaves from a mulberry tree.
Burberry’s Isaline leopard-print shirtdress flows and flutters with delicate mulberry silk ruffles.
Within a year, Morimoto founded the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles in Siem Reap, a community 20 miles from Phnom Penh, and started a project to raise silkworms and grow mulberry trees.
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Origin and Etymology of mulberry
Middle English murberie, mulberie, from Anglo-French mure, moure mulberry (from Latin morum, from Greek moron) + Middle English berie berry
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
MULBERRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mulberry for English Language Learners
: a type of tree that has purple berries that can be eaten
: a berry from a mulberry tree
MULBERRY Defined for Kids
Definition of mulberry for Students
: a tree that has small edible usually purple fruit and leaves on which silkworms can be fed
Medical Definition of mulberry
: any of a genus (Morus of the family Moraceae, the mulberry family) of trees with an edible usually purple fruit that includes one (M. nigra) with a fruit whose juice is sometimes used for its medicinal properties; also : the fruit
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