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

Examples of mulberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prune down hackberry, Chinaberry, mulberry and other unwanted seedlings. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 Now, a decade on, the 2010 One Point Five shows the resiny herbs, forest notes, and pepper of the cool vintage, but its dark mulberry fruit is entirely appealing. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2021 This bestselling cream from Clarins, containing soothing sesame oil and Japanese mulberry extract, is a royal favorite. Monique Jessen,, 10 Sep. 2021 Plus, a coconut-mulberry milk cake sprinkled with torn mint. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2021 One Drupefruit flavor includes mango, habanero, hibiscus, and lemongrass, another has mulberry, key lime, and orange blossom. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Made with three layers from 100 percent mulberry silk, the $17 mask has a filter pocket and comes in 12 colors, including white, black, light blue, purple, pink, and light gray. Christina Butan,, 1 Oct. 2021 The couple were married in 2010 under a mulberry tree at a Maryland estate; guests included Gibbs and the correspondent Jake Tapper., 18 Sep. 2021 The couple was married in 2010 under a mulberry tree at a Maryland estate; guests included Mr. Gibbs and the correspondent Jake Tapper. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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