rubus

noun
ru·​bus | \ ˈrü-bəs How to pronounce rubus (audio) \
plural rubus

Definition of rubus

: any of a genus (Rubus) of plants (such as a blackberry or a raspberry) of the rose family with leaves that typically have three to seven leaflets or that are simple and lobed, white or pink flowers, usually prickly stems, and a mass of carpels ripening into an aggregate fruit composed of many drupelets

First Known Use of rubus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rubus

New Latin, from Latin, blackberry

Learn More About rubus

Time Traveler for rubus

Time Traveler

The first known use of rubus was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near rubus

rub up

rubus

ruby

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rubus

Cite this Entry

“Rubus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubus. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!