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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Top allergens in the area are grass, mulberry and hickory. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville is one of the worst places to live with allergies," 25 Feb. 2019 Five types that come up commonly in the beds at our house are cottonwoods, willows, hackberries, mulberries and box elders. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018 The dark images are printed on textured Korean mulberry paper, 57 3/8 by 30 1/4 inches, and hung vertically as are traditional Korean scrolls. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘New Territory: Landscape Photography Today’ and ‘New Topographics” Review: The Lay of the Photographic Land," 17 July 2018 This small town was (and still is) known for manufacturing goods out of mulberry bark and bamboo, like paper umbrellas and paper lanterns. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About the Noguchi Lamp," 1 Feb. 2019 At the turn of the 17th century, the land on which Buckingham Palace now sits was a mulberry garden, planted to feed silkworms. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 Slip's model is made from a high grade, gentle mulberry silk, comes in a slew of lovely pastels, and has hairstylist (and Kardashian family go-to) Jen Atkin's stamp of approval as their brand ambassador. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Foolproof Tips for Growing Out Your Hair, According to Pro Stylists," 20 Oct. 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 Oak, mulberry, sycamore, pine and walnut are all adding to the counts right now. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Good news: Tree pollen is on the decline. Bad news: Grass allergies are ramping up.," 8 May 2018

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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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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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