mul·​ber·​ry | \ ˈməl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce mulberry (audio) , -b(ə-)rē \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Dare to go for the white, a flash of light in the gray days of winter, or enjoy this fresh, sporty look in relatively low-maintenance mulberry, moss, black, candy-apple red or aegean blue. Nara Schoenberg,, "Canada Goose alternatives: 10 great winter coats that won’t set you back $1000," 12 Nov. 2020 It’s a weeping mulberry tree, probably the variety Chaparral. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Fasciated growth unhealthy in plants not born to it," 5 Nov. 2020 The Urban Farm sells citrus and deciduous trees that grow well in the low desert, including Desert Gold and Mid-Pride peach, Katy apricot, Dwarf Black and Pakistan mulberry and Anna apple trees. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, "Want to grow fruit trees in Phoenix? Urban Farm's step-by-step training makes it easy," 9 Sep. 2020 Wood field hockey sticks are traditional choices and best for beginners and are typically made of mulberry or hickory. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best field hockey stick," 12 Aug. 2020 For Westerners who think China’s digital mulberry tree will bear fruit, that’s a startling possibility—one that would diminish America’s ability to defend its economic and political interests. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Inside China’s drive for digital currency dominance," 10 Aug. 2020 Here’s another reasonably priced 100% pure mulberry silk pillowcase. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "Top-rated silk pillowcases that will instantly upgrade your bed," 6 Aug. 2020 This 100% real mulberry 19 mm silk pillowcase has cotton on one side. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "Top-rated silk pillowcases that will instantly upgrade your bed," 6 Aug. 2020 More Information Now is a good time to prune hackberry, mulberry and other unwanted seedlings out of your landscape. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The insect pests invading San Antonio gardens and how to stop them," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mulberry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mulberry

Middle English mulbere, mulbery, probably dissimilated from Old English *mūrberie, variant of mōrberie (with mūr- as in mūrbēam "mulberry tree"), from mūr- (borrowed from Medieval Latin mūrum, variant of Latin mōrum "black mulberry, blackberry," probably of Mediterranean substratal origin, as also Greek móron "black mulberry, blackberry," Armenian mor "blackberry") + berie berry entry 1

Note: The presumed dissimilated form represented by Middle English mulbere is paralleled by Middle Low German mūlbēre "mulberry" (next to mūrbēre), Old Saxon mūlbōm "mulberry tree" (in a gloss, next to mōrbōm), late Old High German mūlboum, mūlbere (in glosses, next to mūrberi, mōrberi, mūrboum). The assumption has been made that the Middle English word was borrowed from Middle Low German, though it seems more likely that dissimilated forms were passed northward through the West Germanic speech area—or developed independently—as the word diffused along with cultivation of the berry in the Carolingian period; cultivation of mulberries is mentioned in the late-8th-century Capitulare de villis dealing with the upkeep of Charlemagne's estates.

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“Mulberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mulberry

: a type of tree that has purple berries that can be eaten
: a berry from a mulberry tree


mul·​ber·​ry | \ ˈməl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce mulberry (audio) \
plural mulberries

Kids Definition of mulberry

: a tree that has small edible usually purple fruit and leaves on which silkworms can be fed


mul·​ber·​ry | \ ˈməl-ˌber-ē, -b(ə-)rē How to pronounce mulberry (audio) \
plural mulberries

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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